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Administrative Port: Lowestoft
County: Essex
Population: 20737

Leigh-on-Sea is a town in Essex, England. Leigh-on-Sea is situated on the northern side of the estuary of the river Thames, a few kilometres from the open waters of the North Sea to the east, and at a similar distance from the Kent coast to the south. Leigh-on-Sea grew to a prosperous port by the 16th century. Ships as large as 340 tons were built for fishing and other purposes. By the 18th century, ships had become larger and Leigh's deep water channel silted up and the town diminished in importance and resorted to its other industry of fishing. The main seafood catch from Leigh Old Town has always been shell-fish and whitebait.[1]

Images of Leigh-on-Sea
Leigh-on-sea video.jpg
Video: Cockle fishing at Leigh-on-sea (1949)

Background information
Fishing Fleet Vessel type 1 7
Fishing Fleet Vessel type 2 12
Fishing Fleet Vessel type 3
Fishing Fleet Vessels total 19 [2]
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Demersal (tonnes)
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Pelagic (tonnes)
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Shellfish (tonnes)
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) Main species (tonnes)
Landings Total Landings (tonnes) All species (tonnes)
Landings Values Demersal
Landings Values Pelagic
Landings Values Shellfish
Landings Values All species
Landings Number of fishermen Number of fishermen (Regular)
Landings Number of fishermen Number of fishermen (Part-time)
Landings Number of fishermen Number of fishermen Total
Landings Major fish species
Landings Landing points
Landings Location of auctions
Governance and organisation Governance
Governance and organisation FLAG
Governance and organisation Location of fishermen's organisations Leigh and Southend Joint Fishermen's Association:
-Leigh-On- Sea Shellfish Association
-Leigh Fishermans Cooperative, High St, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2EN
Branding Brand labels
Fish as food Fish selling Fishmonger: Mattacks Fishmongers, 44 Elm Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 1SN
Fish as food Fish processing Estuary Fish Merchants, 8 Cockle Row, Leigh Old Town, Leigh-on-sea, Essex SS9 2ER
Fish as food Restaurants/hotels The Sand Bar & Seafood Co, 71 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1PE
Tourism & Education Tourism & Fishing Fishing Trips: [www.girlmandycharters.co.uk Girl Mandy Charters], Two Tree Island, Leigh on sea, Essex, SS9 2GB
Tourism & Education Festivals Leigh-on-Sea Maritime Festival
Tourism & Education Fishing museums Leigh Heritage Centre, 13A High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2EN
Tourism & Education Aquariums
Tourism & Education Monuments
Tourism&Education Fishing training School

Vessel type 1: <10 m vessels
Vessel type 2: >10 m vessels