The Stilt Fishermen of Sri Lanka

One of the most iconic scenes your bound to see in Sri Lanka is stilt fishing.

An old tradition around Sri Lanka, stilt fishing had disappeared after the devastating tsunami that hit the country and other parts of the Indian Ocean, but soon the people returned to their customs, and now you can spot them sitting on their uncomfortable stilts, hoping to catch something.

Though they may be beautiful to look at, stilt fishermen have it rough. They spend hours sitting on a thin plank, hoping to catch one or two fish about 5 cm-long, that they sell for about 2 cents each. The rough waves keep the big fish away, so they sometimes have to settle for te smallest catch. But it’s a small price to pay in order to preserve centuries-old traditions.

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  • [email protected] Posted on April 13, 2009

    tradition? Pffffft! Someone should show them how to make nets.

  • Infiniti Magazine Posted on December 5, 2009

    Stilt fishing is still famous here. It is local culture in Sri Lanka and theres more to it than Nets! These guys are experts at it.

  • sumone doin research Posted on April 15, 2010

    they need to add more info

  • sumone doin research Posted on April 15, 2010

    they need to add more info