4th Feb 2019

Bertie Bruce, Joseph Yule and Malcolm Forbes were the last commercial fishermen to fish from the Forvie and Cruden Bay Salmon Stations.

In the year 1831 a system called bag netting was developed to catch salmon in the northeast waters, which became one of the oldest fishing methods in Scotland. John Bruce, Bertie’s father bought The Cruden Salmon Fishing rights in 1927, thus continuing a way of fishing till 2016, when the salmon fishing stocks became depleted. It was a sad day when these fishermen had to hang up their nets for the last time. They were the last of the Salmon Netsmen. It was a privilege for me to watch them over the years at work.

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