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Mozambican fisherman hauling in a long seine net
Merekuba's Tomb, Saqqara, Egypt; 6th Dynasty

Southeast Asian fishermen preparing for nightly catch against a colorful tropical sunset over sea and mountains, with the skeleton of water-based pole house. Bohol, Philippines.

The history of seining dates back thousands of years and is quite fascinating. Seine nets were made from natural materials and were used to catch food to feed families. The earliest nets were made from flax, reeds, grasses and other threadlike plant materials.  The oldest known net, dating back to 8300 BC, was found in the ancient city of Andréa, Finland (now Kaemennogorsk, Russia).  This net was made of willow, was approximately 98’ long, 4’ deep, with a mesh of approximately 2”.

Old picture of men using a horse to haul in a seine net on the beach

Present day use of seine made with grass, Hawaii.  

Net Fishing, 14th Century; Tacuinum Sanitatis (Medieval Health Handbook). 

Native Americans living along the Columbia River would construct their nets with spruce wood fibers or grasses.  They would use large stones tied to the weight line and cedar sticks along the float line.  The sticks would not only help to keep the top of the net afloat, but the clatter of the sticks would frighten the fish, which would aid in getting them caught in the net.  In 1895, a technique was devised to pull their seines with horses, a practice that was outlawed in 1948.  

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A Mozambican fisherman pulling a fishing net from the water, Mozambique, Southern Africa.

Two boys using a net in a river in Asia, present day.

Blue, red and green glass balls wrapped in cotton netting

Man displays red snapper caught in his large seine net on a tropical island in the Caribbean. 

Boys bent over a circular net they are using to catch fish in a river

Found within some Egyptian tombs, there are depictions of men using nets.  Nets are also mentioned in the written historical documents of early Rome and Greece.   

Nets are widely used all over the world.  The recent, and much needed, conservation efforts have resulted in many new regulations for seine netters and bans on some types of nets in some regions; however, by giving back to and protecting our oceans and rivers, the use of nets for fishing should live on for many generations to come.  

Hawaii men pulling in a seine net made of leaves and tree limbs

Fishermen collecting their day’s catch, Merekuba's Tomb, Saqqara, Egypt; 6th Dynasty
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Seining on the Columbia River, circa 1915. 

History of Seining

Glass floats were used to hold up seine nets before modern day plastics were discovered.

Southeast Asia men on small wooden boat, one with a net over his shoulders
Ancent 14th century painting showing a man and woman hauling in a seine net from a wooden canoe boat
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