AN ANNUAL open day will teach the public about lave net fishing.

The Black Rock Lave Net Heritage Fishery (BRLNHF) are hosting an open day, between 1pm and 5pm, at the Black Rock picnic site, in Portskewett, on Saturday.

The Black Rock fishemen are the last lave net fishermen left in Wales, using traditionally made nets to catch salmon, with the fishery labelled as a tourism and heritage site.

Secretary of BRLNHF, Martin Morgan, said: "This is a free community family event, which has been running for about 15 years.

"People should visit to support traditional fishery and support the community. They will enjoy themselves, learning about something that's unique in Wales.

"I think a lot of people will be quite surprised if they’ve never been there before, as it’s different and unusual."

The day will include demonstrations, exhibitions and training.

"We show people how to knit nets and how we use them, plus people can have a go at net knitting," explained Mr Morgan.

"We also have lave net training for children. They dress like fishermen with mini lave nets and have to chase a fish being dragged around on the end of a fishing line. They love that.

"We also have our 'what's in the box', which is popular. It's a big wooden box with holes in and people guess what's inside.

"The crab one - when a person grabs your hand through the hole in the back - is great and not just for children. Even women who've taken part scream like hell."

There will also be home baking, fishing films aired from Black Rock's net house, a presentation of the seasons trophies, and a gazebo filled with relevant information.

"There's lots for everybody and it should be a nice day," added Mr Morgan.