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Fish and the Seine Net (clip)

A demonstration of the seine net, with underwater footage

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Frogman, Lt. Cmdr. Hodges prepares to take underwater footage of the seine net in action (for research by the Aberdeen Marine Laboratory). There is foggy, underwater footage of the net at work. We see the movement of the net. A couple of flatfish are disturbed and herded along by the net. As the two sides of the net come together, they disturb the fish. Some are caught, and others are guided along towards the centre of the net. When the net is nearly closed we see the heavily loaded cod end, full with caught fish. Some of the small fish escape, but the larger ones are trapped. We return to the surface and see the boat come into the harbour. Men unload the catch in wooden crates from the boat. Some of the fish are laid out and the catch is recorded in a notebook. The boat heads out once more.

Questions & Activities


  • Why were divers called frogmen?
  • What is a fathom?
  • How many types of net are you aware of?
  • Why is line fishing considered more ecologically and environmentally friendly today?


Draw diagrams that illustrate the operation of different types of fishing nets. Is it true that the small fish always escape?

The film presents a positive image of fishing. Research overfishing and where and why it occurs.

Research different types of nets and fishing practices and discuss what should be done to preserve stocks for the future. Organise a debate between fishermen/fisherwomen and environmental scientists.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-253-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0276
Date c1952
Genre Documentary, Sponsored Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, History, Sciences
Who Campbell Harper Films Ltd (production company)
Where Aberdeen, Moray Firth
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 9:48
Film Length 19:05