Fonds GB 0210 WESTFISH - Western Sea Fisheries Records,

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Western Sea Fisheries Records,


  • 1891-1938 / (Creation)

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0.027 cubic metres (3 boxes)

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Administrative history

Western Sea Fisheries Committee was established by Act of Parliament in 1888 as one of twelve government District Committees responsible for regulating fishing off the Welsh and English coasts. Four of these covered the coast of Wales, namely the Western, Glamorgan, Milford Haven, and Lancashire Committees. The Western and Lancashire Committees were amalgamated in 1897 to form the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries Committee, responsible for some 2,000 square nautical miles of coastal waters from Cemaes Head, Pembrokeshire, to Haverigg Point, Cumbria. The body is now (April 2003) known as the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee. The Committee is funded by local authorities, and consists of local government officers and government-appointed representatives of fishing, scientific and environmental authorities. It is responsible for protecting the interests of fishermen and the coastal sea fishery, by enforcing the law relating to the mesh of nets and fish sizes; it also undertakes scientific work. Its main functions are executed by the granting of Fishery Orders, and the work of Fishery Officers and Fishery Patrols. Until 1943, the Superintendent of the Committee was Dr James Travis Jenkins, of Preston, Lancashire, an authority on fishery management and otoliths, who had appeared as an expert witness in the Sardine Case of 1912.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated in 1940 and 1943 by Dr James Travis Jenkins, Preston, Lancashire, Superintendent of the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries Committee.

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Scope and content

Papers, 1891-1938, relating to the work and administration of the Western Sea Fisheries and the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries, comprising files of correspondence relating to individual fisheries, 1896-1914; reports of Fishery Officers, annual reports and printed material, 1892-1938; correspondence relating to Committee personnel, 1892-1923; bye-laws and certificates, 1892-1899; Committee papers, 1891-1913; financial papers, 1893-1923; papers of James Travis Jenkins on Fishery Schools, the Sardine Case of 1912, and a bibliography of whaling [20th century].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: individual fisheries (Aberdyfi mussel fishery; Sir Richard Bulkeley's fishery; Conway mussel and sparling fishery; Porthmadog mussel fishery; Pwllheli garfish and Porthmadog stake nets); reports and correspondence; personnel; bye-laws; administration of the district; accounts and financial papers; miscellanea; and James Travis Jenkins manuscripts.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Western Sea Fisheries Papers; North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee website, April 2003.

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