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Annan haaf net fishermen walk out on to the Solway sands to fish another tide. They carry haaf beams. The nets you see in the distance are stake nets. Stake nets are maze like constructions that trap fish as the tide recedes. The stake nets are large enough for a person to walk through, although they get smaller and narrower as they funnel the fish. Walking through the stake nets it is possible to see how easily the fish become caught. The stake nets (see workshop) are licensed through the local council usually to one person who may pay other men to fish them. Two or more men may hold a license and share the maintenance of the nets and work load.The nets are checked after each tide. Tractors are often used for the stake nets that are further out from the shore. The haaf netsmen obtain their licence from the local authority and each man must renew his licence every year.The funds raised by the council goes into the Common Good Fund. Recently some haaf netsmen bought a small tractor to take them across the sands to suitable water channels. This has proven to be a mixed blessing as tractors can become stuck in soft sand.When this happens, someone has to run for help from the nearest farm and a bigger tractor driven across the sand to pull to smaller out.And of course this is a race against time as the tide comes in.
Difficult shooting conditions due to having to shoot into the sun and it being a windy day when I struggled hold my camera still.

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