Seven coloured postcards some photographs of people fishing and some are images drawn by local school children. Postcards sold in coloured postcard wallet.
Annan Haaf Net Project
Promoting the cultural and historical significance of haaf net fishing on the inner Solway.
by Annan Common Good Fund Sub-Committee
in partnership with
Annan Royal Burgh Fisherman’s Association and The Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council
What is Haaf Net Fishing?
Haaf Net Fishing at Annan has been practiced for over a thousand years and is one of the oldest forms of fishing in Scotland. It is specific to just the inner Solway dating back to at least Viking times. The word “haaf” is Old Norse for channel or sea.
Folklore suggests the length of the had beam was based on the length of a Viking oar; but there is no proof of this. What we do know, is that haaf netting and the other Annan fishing’s were recognised and protected by Royal Charter.
A haaf net is a wooden frame made from a beam 16ft long with a 5ft tall stick at both ends (end-sticks) and a 6.5ft tall stick in the centre (mid-stick). Onto the outside of the frame is tied a net. The haaf net is carried out over the sands to fish in the later stages of the ebb and the first of the flood tide. Unlike most other forms of netting, the haaf net is manned continuously. The fisher stands in the middle of thee beam holding it against the current and holding the net. The flow of the water makes a bag of net either side for the fish to swim into. If a fish is felt (a tug), the haaf has to be lifted quickly to prevent the fish swimming away. Fish can be retained, or released, in seconds completely unharmed.
An ageing and diminishing number of local netters still carry on the unique practice of haaf netting. The season starts on 1st ay and ends on 9th September. Depending upon the weather, time of tides and suitability of ground, haaf netters ma be seen out in the channel during this period. Fishing does not take place on the Scottish tide over weekends.