Friday, July 12, 2013

Salmon Fishing with Horses

Whatcom Historical Museum has released this footage of salmon and smelt fishing along the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.  The footage dates from the 1920s.  If you skip to minute 2:57, you will see horse drawn salmon seine fishing along the mouth of the Columbia River.  This practice was banned in the 1930s.

I have an earlier post on how draft horses are still used to fish for shrimp off the shores in Belgium.  Who would have ever guessed at the variety of ways that horses earn their keep.

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