Carrasqueira


This set of photos was taken in Carresqueira (Alcacér do Sal) wood docs by the Spring of 2014 while assisting Gabriel Saada on his thesis experiment upon the algae Fucus vesiculosus. Carrasqueira is a small fishermen village located on Sado’s river estuary, which is one of the main Portuguese rivers draining to the west coast. The wood-dock’s singular architectural  handmade structure (which some sources claim to be unique) is the result of  the local fishermen need to overcome the salt-marsh fine sediments even when tides are low, as this site semi.diurnal tidal regime is influenced by the proximity to the river mouth.

The combined ecological richness from the nearby Atlantic ocean, the estuary, the tidal flats and salt-marsh ecosystems, is suitable for fisheries and clams harvest, has long sustained and driven the settlement of many population along Sado’s river basin giving birth to several important cities and villages such as Alcacér-do-Sal, Setubal and Sesimbra. Nonetheless and despite this site tradition, the artisenal fisheries have been substituted in the last decades by larger boats with greater catch capacity, more technological advanced fishing gears and bigger autonomy. The strategic location of Sado’s river mouth have enhanced the importance of the port of Setubal (located in the north margin of the river mouth) as a important landing sites for local and industrial fisheries, driving a local development in fish transformation industries which nowadays also mark the modern landscape, as can be seen in the photos below.

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Cassasqueira - small house at dawn.

Carrasqueira – small house washed by the first rays of dawn stands on stakes near the path of the dock.

Boat let dry by the low tide.

Boat let dry by the low tide.

Cassasqueira wood-dock; in the background Setubal's industrial zone smoking chimneys  and the cranes from the the harbor.

Carrasqueira wood-dock’s perspective; in the background and across the river, Setubal’s industrial zone smoking chimneys and the cranes from the harbor.

Salt-marsh perspective at low tide under the warm light of dawn; in the background the Arrabida's mountain.

Salt-marsh perspective at low tide under the warm light of dawn; in the background the Arrabida’s mountains which limits the north margin of Sado’s estuary near the river mouth.

Gabriel Saada takes mesurents of the Fucus vesiculosus lengths.

Gabriel Saada takes measurements of the Fucus vesiculosus branch lengths, to assess the growth of earlier transplanted algae from other northern estuaries.

The morning nearby the dock.

Gabriel Saada walks down the path by the first morning rays flowing between the storage barracks  nearby the wood-dock.

Fucus vesiculosus

– Fucus vesiculosus –

Storage house used by fishermen to keep nets and other materials

Thypical storage house used by fishermen to keep nets and other materials.

Marking of transplanted Fucus sp. to new location.

Marking of transplanted Fucus sp. to the new location.

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