Fishermen at St. Cyrus in Aberdeenshire setting up stake nets on the beach to catch salmon and sea trout between April and August. This age-old practice was abandoned in 1998 due to dwindling fish stocks. In 1998 the fishery discontinued the use of labour-intensive stake nets when the company which owned the fishery sold the fishing rights. The once-thriving Scottish salmon netting industry fell into decline in the 1970s and 1980s when the numbers of fish caught reduced due to environmental and economic reasons. By 2007, only a handful of men still caught wild salmon and sea trout using traditional methods, mainly for export to the Continent.