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Caorle » Fishery



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Alongside the development of tourism, Caorle has always preserved its characteristic image of a seafaring town; in fact,  fishing still today represents one of the pre-eminent activities of the population.

Fishing in the lagoon of Caorle has an important history. One of the very first and most interesting documents dates back to the 15th century. On the 15th of September 1439, the Doge Francesco Foscari, regarding "the privilege of water", officially entitled the Caorle community to the possession and tenure of all of stretches  water between the mouths of the Livenza and Tagliamento rivers with the exclusive rights of fishing or hunting.

A privilege on the territory that over time became more and more restricted. As a consequence of the financial difficulties of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, in 1690 a large part of the lagoon was declared to be of public interest and therefore it was divided into plots and put up for sale.

The inhabitants of Caorle continued their activity in the lagoon; in 1853 they founded a syndicate, one of the first authorities of its kind to be formed in Italy, which took over all the age-old fishing rights.
In the second decade of the 20th century, the impoverishment of the lagoon fishing forced the fisherman to go to the sea.  The first "Bragozzi", typical lagoon fishing boats, were purchased and  moored in the Sacheta port (near the shrine of the Madonna dell'Angelo) or in the inland fishing port.
The "Bragozzi" represent the final step of  the old traditional fishing technique, consisting of sailing boats and a great deal of human fatigue. In the second half of the twentieth century large fishing motorboats started to arrive at the Caorle fishing port, boats that, besides granting more safety to seamen, reduced their level of physical fatigue.