Fishing is a small, complex and fragmented industry, which arguably exerts political significance disproportionate to its size. This article traces the prolonged period of depression which affected British deep-sea fishing between the wars, and then a more virulent crisis which erupted in the post-war years. It explores how the industry proved unable to respond effectively, requiring intervention from government which followed a similar pattern to that elsewhere in the economy, albeit tailored to the industry’s peculiar circumstances and idiosyncratic nature.
Wilcox, M. (2021). ‘To save the industry from complete ruin’: Crisis and response in British fishing 1945-1951. Business history, 63(3), 353-377. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1576634