The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries keep track of sea trout with a trap on the River Axe.
River Axe, Colyton, Devon.
L/S of cows grazing in a meadow, tilt down to a river. L/S of a fish trap going over the river, it is controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to keep track of sea trout. Panning shot of the fish trap - it looks like a row of empty canoes with a hut near the bank.
Top shot of sea trout caught in the trap. M/S, inside the hut, of a man winding a winch. Top shot of the trap lifting out of the water. The trout are trapped in a tank - "the fish's sex is determined and its condition checked". C/U of a man's hands fitting a tag on the trapped fish in the tank. C/U of the man's hand reaching for a tag. C/U of the tag going into the struggling fish. The man then picks up some clippers and trims the tag. C/U of the man's face. Top shot of the man measuring the length of the fish. M/S of the man writing on a blackboard. M/S of the fish swimming about in the tank. M/S of the man chalking up details of the capture on the blackboard before going over to the winch. Top shot of the tank being lowered back into the river, a hatch lifts and the trout swims away.
L/S of another man holding a small net with a baby salmon in walking over the trap. C/U of the man measuring and tagging the salmon. L/S of the man standing on top of the trap measuring the salmon, panning shot of the man sliding the salmon down a chute back into the river. L/S of the man on the trap, tilt up to show the river flowing through the meadow.
Cuts exist - see separate record.