Cormorant fisherman

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Andrey Pavlov

Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in China. Fishermen control the birds by tying a snare near the bird’s throat in order to prevent the birds from swallowing larger fish. This technique is practiced in the early morning before sunrise or in the hours before dusk, when fishermen attract the fish with lantern light. Unfortunately, cormorant fishing is long past its glory days and nowadays only a few fishermen from fishing villages along Li-river still practice it.

Location: Xingping, Guangxi province, China


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