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Traditional Fishing

Traditional FishingTraditional fishers are by far the most numerous fishers in the world. In general, they catch fish to feed their families and may make a little money selling their surplus. Depending on local tradition and resources, their boats may be dug-out canoes; canoes with a small sail; or larger canoes which take several people. Some use small outboard motors. Equipment is usually traditional nets or lines.

For millions of people living in coastal villages in equatorial and tropical zones, traditional fishing is a way of life. Families may be involved in drying and smoking fish. In some cultures, women are responsible for mending the nets.

International agreements protect the rights of traditional fishers to coastal fish supplies. However traditional fishers may be under threat from bigger boats which fish illegally, often at night, in protected waters.

"A hollow boat made out of light-weight, national wood propelled by oars and some rudimentary nets are all the working equipment a traditional fisherman has. To be sure, the physical strength of the person who is alone aboard his small boat conditions the distance of the fishing places and his endurance in the trade."

Mr. Felix Randrianasoavina, Manager Stella Maris Centre, Toamasina, Madagascar. Executive Secretary Cooperative of Malgache Maritime Organizations

As Jesus was walking by the Lake of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them,

come after me and I will make you fishers of men

and at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. And at once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.
(Mt 4, 18-22)

 

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