NO6949 : Salmon Nets at Lunan Bay

taken 8 years ago, near to Redcastle, Angus, Great Britain

Salmon Nets at Lunan Bay
Salmon Nets at Lunan Bay
One of several sets of stake nets on the sands at Lunan Bay. The nets are designed in the shape of an arrow pointing towards the sea, with a narrow entrance into a bag at the point of the arrow. At high tide the nets are submerged. Salmon tend to swim parallel to the shore, and when they meet the leader, the central net, they turn out to seaward, swim out along the leader and into the bag, where they are trapped. At low tide the fishers come along and simply pick them up.
Salmon Nets
Salmon hatch and spend the first year or two of their lives in rivers, before migrating to the sea where they grow to maturity before returning to breed. They swim parallel to the shore until they smell their native river, and then swim upriver to spawn in the very place where they were born.

Net fishermen exploit this behaviour by erecting nets on beaches. The net is in the shape of a long arrow pointing out to sea. Fish encounter the leader, that is, the shaft of the arrow, and turn to seaward. At the end of the leader, they are guided by the V-shaped end of the net into a bag at the apex of the arrow, from which they cannot escape. At low tide, the fisherman comes along and collects the trapped salmon from the bag.

A variant is a double-ended net, where instead of an arrow to seaward, the leader feeds into two bags at right angles to the leader. This type of net tends to be used on rocky shores and in deeper water, and the catch is collected in a coble.

Most beach nets are no longer in use, partly because salmon numbers have fallen and it is not always economically viable, and partly because conservationists or the angling interests on the rivers buy out the netting rights and close the netting down so that fish actually reach the rivers in greater numbers.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 10 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 15 July, 2010
Fishing nets   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 692 496 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:38.2436N 2:30.1558W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 692 496
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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