Fisheries of Beykoz
Ara Güler says, “When I think of Beykoz, I first think of its fisheries”. Each one of the 32 fisheries established in the Bosphorus were named after their locations; Beykoz Pavilion Fishery, Umur Yeri Fishery, Cape Fil Fishery, Anadolu Feneri Fishery, Toptaş Fishery, etc. Today, the only one that is remembered is the Beykoz fishery. Fisheries are permanent and large fish traps laid using nets in bays. Moreover, bluefish were hunted under gas lamps in the night. In cold winter days, under harsh eastern winds, the currents of Bosphorus form vortexes and the warm and cold currents mix up, and the fish in the bottom become paralyzed, rise up to the surface and wash ashore. The people called this phenomenon “fish injury”. The mackerel and swordfish of Beykoz are famous. There was a swordfish fishery in front of its pier. Many families in the coastal districts of Beykoz such as Riva, Anadolu Feneri, Poyraz, Anadolu Kavağı are still engaged in fishing. Today, there are more than 10 piers in Beykoz where only fishermen’s boats drop anchor. The bounty of the day is offered to Beykoz and its guests in fish sandwich boats and restaurants.