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    • A skiff going in the Gut

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Objects;
    • The Gut has been the industrial hub of the fishery in Branch since the 1790s. Although the term gut refers specifically to the channel of water at the mouth of the River, the general area around the channel is also known as the Gut. The channel...
    • Men splitting fish on the wharf Across the Gut

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Work;
    • Until the mid-1970s, salt cod was the main fish product from Branch. The catch was landed, gutted and split on the marginal wharves along the Gut. In earlier years, marginal wharves and fish stages lined the Gut on both sides. The east side was...
    • Aerial photo of the Gut today

    • Work; Objects; Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • The Gut has seen many changes over the generations with changing fishing methods and technology, as well as declining cod stocks in recent years. Today at the Gut, modern longliners moor in the Pond while a dormant fish processing plant sits next...
    • Fish flakes on the Back of the Beach

    • Objects; Work; Food;
    • During the salt cod fishery, split and cleaned fish was left in salt bulk for two weeks and then spread to dry on flakes built on the Back of the Beach. Women and children were responsible for spreading and turning the fish.
    • Longliners tied moored in the Pond

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Work;
    • The Pond is a natural body of water in the estuary. Today, fishing catches are unloaded from the Pond and trucked out of Branch for processing. Boats have anchored and moored in the Pond since Thomas Nash arrived and built the first homestead...
    • Boats and fishing gear on Henrys Beach

    • Objects; Work;
    • Henrys Beach is the point of land separating the Pond from the Gut. This area was traditionally owned by the Roche's who built fishing stages here after marriage into the Nash family. The land was also used to dry fish during the salt cod fishery....

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