Inle Lake Fisherman

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Lincoln Chu

Most fishermen on Myanmar's Inle Lake still row their boats manually. They sit and row when they need to move quickly, and stand to row with a single leg when fishing. Increasing availability of inexpensive power motors, however, may cause these techniques to become cultural relics. Moreover, increasing use of chemicals on floating farms on Inle Lake has caused more algae growth. The resulting decline in fish population has in turn caused more fishermen to become farmers. The buildings in the back are family-owned weaving factories, where lotus root, silk, and cotton fabrics are made.

Location: Inle Lake, Myanmar


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