I want to hang out with fishermen

My people

I spend a lot of time thinking about small-scale fishermen. I do not spend enough time actually hanging out with small-scale fishermen.

Like these guys, whose boat is beached for the afternoon in the tide flats of Havelock.

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Sleepy fishing town

Morning catch

I spent a couple weeks in Puerto Lopez, a sleepy fishing town on the coast of Ecuador known to tourists primarily as a destination for whale watching in July, August and September. I did some diving coursework — and then some more diving for fun — and also explored the coast a bit. It was welcome change after weeks in the rural jungle.

Almost daily — either on the way to a dive boat or just on an amble by the shore — I visited the local fishermen’s landing. Here they haul their catch ashore amid people buying seafood and seabirds hankering for scraps.

I also spent a good bit of time taking photos of fishermen — who I am fond of — and talking with them and others about the sustainability of fishing, diving, tourism and other marine exploits. More on that in the coming days.

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