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Fishing With Cormorants

Photo by: Zhou Hua

Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China from around 960 AD and recorded from other places throughout the world.

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Photo credit: Howie Garber

Photo: Ragstatic

Photo: Ragstatic

Photo: Daniel Cheong

Photo: Daniel Cheong

To control the birds, the fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird’s throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish in its throat, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up. Though cormorant fishing once was a successful industry, its primary use today is to serve the tourism industry.

Photo:  nophotochina

Photo credit: SewerDoc

Photo credit: SewerDoc

Photo: Glenn Karlsen

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One response

  1. Todd Materazzi Photography

    Great series of the struggles of life – just to obtain a meal!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:58

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