Originally situated in Hout Bay, the museum was moved to a lovely old building in Laaiplek, the harbour mouth of Velddrif.
Opposite is the slipway and boat yard where wooden fishing boats were made and still are repaired. The harbour with its fishing boats is next to that.
Velddrif was a centre of the fishing industry and fish were sent from here to Cape Town, The museum has interesting things such as early rescue equipment and radios, as well as the fishing history of the area.
Around Velddrif is a sandy sea floor, so surface and shoal fishing takes place. The local fish factories can catches of pilchards, anchovy and red eye when lucky. Seasonally the tasty game fish, snoek go through.
Fishermen have plied their trade here for many generations but it is becoming harder, so some skipper the larger trawlers in Cape Town, Hout Bay and East Coast towns. They need permits to fish from their home towns as well as having quota limits. These are subsistence fishermen and it is very sad to hear that some of the limited number of permits are given to Jo’burg businessmen.
Watch stories on a screen and engage with Felicity, a former teacher, who runs the museum… she will give you some very interesting background. She can also organize a Tour to one of the local Bokkom Houses where the smaller, firm white Mullet, known as Harders, locally, are made into strips and dried (like biltong). A local Grandmother will take you on this interesting tour and it is just R30 pp. Velddrif is the main centre on the West Coast now and historically for this delicacy.
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