We wanted to try and capture people’s wishes for the future of Montrose Bay and Fraser came up with the idea of a Wishing Net !
Visitors have left lots of thoughts and ideas, many about managing plastic and litter others about encouraging birds and wildlife and one suggesting building a football stadium and the wisher would also like to play for Germany when he grows up!
A fine way to get people talking and thinking about how we can influence the future of our coastline.
We had a great day of chat and film at the museum. With local people explaining stake net fishing to visitors and many coming to specifically watch the film and see if they recognised anyone!
Anecdotes have been recorded in the project album at the museum, people remembered back to their working lives at Johnson’s fisheries.
One story about St Cyrus was that at new year the menu would be extended to include salmon sandwiches….the fishermen would stick a salmon or two down their waders on the walk back from the beach……then word got around as to where the salmon sandwiches would be served to celebrate the bells!
A story of the Scottish Salmon Fisheries
Filmed at St Cyrus in 1932
The film depicts two methods of salmon fishing – it follows a group of fishermen as they wheel their boat to shore, row out to sea and haul in their catch. Then shows the work of a single Stake Net fisherman netting a catch. The salmon are loaded into baskets and carried into the village by donkey, while the fishermen haul their nets ashore to dry. The final section of the film shows the river Dee with salmon leaping upstream against the water torrents.
All welcome !
Wider, slower – but the battery ran out a bit earlier…. but still lots to see…