Developed in China and Japan 1,300 years ago, cormorant fishing is a tradition in danger of extinction. Photographer Gilad Fiskus takes us through a fascinating insight of the last practitioners of these ancient culture.


“It is possible that the current generation of fishermen, who range in age from 70 to 80, will be the last to preserve this ancient tradition. There are a few reasons for this. Global warming and increased environmental pollution have caused a decrease in the number of fish in rivers and lakes, while the increase in tourism has allowed the elders to make a respectable living from the display of their culture rather than from the fishing itself.Lastly, the computer age has crucially impacted the younger generation.” – Dr Gilad Fiskus