Cormorant Fishing | A Disappearing Ancient Tradition

 

Photographer  Ivan Ferrer is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the project ‘The Fisherman of the Xingping Fishing Village’To see Ivan’s body of work, click on any photograph.

 

 

 

 

Using cormorants to catch fish has been a custom in China for the past 1,000 years. However, more modern fishing methods have resulted in a decline in this traditional method of fishing, and today there are only a handful of cormorant fishermen left, most of them in their 80’s. The fisherman train the cormorants to catch fish and give them special commands. On receiving a command to enter the river, the cormorant dives into the river and  looks for fish. If it is dark, the light from the lantern assists them to see the fish. When a cormorant catches a fish, he is unable to swallow it due to a ring that has been placed around his neck which prevents it from swallowing big fish. The fisherman will pull the cormorant up to and will reward the cormorant for the catch.

 

 

 

 

 

All images and text ©  Ivan Ferrer

 

 

See also:

China | Street Scenes

By  Ivan Ferrer

 

 

 

 

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