Photographer's Note

This is a haaf net fisherman with his haaf beam carried across his shoulders. Haaf is a viking word as this traditional fishing method practiced on the Solway Firth goes back to the vikings.The haaf beam is usually wooden, a kind of three legged goal post type construction with the net strung across the beam and legs. This is carried into the water by the fishermen as the tide comes in or goes out (see workshop) No doubt you have guessed that the hessian sack on his shoulders will carry the fish if his luck is in.
Haaf net fishing is under threat these days and fishing hours over time have been restricted and there is talk of the salmon having to be tagged and recorded when caught and even the end of haafing all together. It is for this reason that I hope to take more photographs before the end of the short season, with only seven weeks or so to go.For my part I will be sorry to see the end of haaf netting. here is another photo I posted previously.

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