Until the mid-1970s, salt cod was the main fish product from Branch. The catch was landed, gutted and split on the marginal wharves along the Gut. In earlier years, marginal wharves and fish stages lined the Gut on both sides. The east side was known as Across the Gut and a footbridge spanned the channel.
The Back of the Beach and the Landwash are great local spots to collect kelp-- used to fertilize vegetable gardens, flower gardens and grass. Capelin is another natural fertilizer that can be found on Back of the Beach and in the Landwash.