"Gill Net Fishing"

Gillnetting is a way to catch herring and other fish.  The fish are getting circled in and they get stuck when they try to swim through it. Their head fits just through the mesh aperture, but not the body. They can't escape, because they get stuck with their gills. The net gets pulled into the herring skiff and a vigorous rotator "shakes"  them out of the net into the boat. Hence the fishermen call it "shaking herring".

Friday, January 24, 2014