Memories Of A Lost Fishing Industry Discussed at Devils Porridge Museum

A group of haaf net fishermen came in to The Devil’s Porridge Museum this week to spend some time with local young people and share their memories. 

Three young people (including one whose grandfather was a haaf netter from Gretna) interviewed and recorded the fishermen for over an hour.

They heard how people got washed away and stuck in the sands, discussed the price of fish as well as how the different fishing methods worked (stake net fishing and haaf net fishing at Loch and Dornock were discussed in detail).

It was a wonderful conversation and all recorded for posterity,” said Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager. “So many things get forgotten and we are pleased to be part of recording this tradition and ensuring its prominence in the public eye and its place in the history books.  We would be very interested if anyone has any photographs of fishing at Loch and Dornock as they are quite rare and we would love to see them.” 


Please contact Judith at the Museum if you would like to share any photographs or memories, email: [email protected] or phone 01461 700021


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