Salmon net fishing on the River Tweed can be traced back to the 12th century. Up to the 1980s net salmon fishing employed hundreds of men annually on a seasonal basis. Since then netting salmon on the River Tweed has contracted substantially, with only two fishing stations remaining in order to conserve salmon stocks.
A fascinating history of the salmon fishing industry can be found on the Tweed Foundation website. Here are four links from this website for those interested in the history of net and rod fishing on the Tweed and the Eye:
Banner image: (a) see main picture above; (b) An early twentieth century image of salmon fishing on the River Tweed © Berwick Record Office.