Swanage is a fishing hub albeit a small one. The boats out of the bay are a diverse mixture of netting and potting boats. Below are a mixture of each and a description of their types of fishing.
Below Local fishing vessel (LFV) 1087 Caralan - Below right LFV FY851 Independent
The number on each boat is unique to that boat and shows where they are registered for example as above FY 851 is registered in Fowey in Cornwall and PE 1087 is registered in Poole. By following the link fishing vessel registration codes you can track vessels all over the country.
As can be seen from the above two pictures, fishing vessels come in all shapes and sizes. Above left E 499 registered in Exeter and right PE 219 registered in Poole.