Published on October 21st, 2011 | by Paz7
Cormorant Fishing in China
Choke a bird, get some fish!
Cormorant fishing is a fishing method used in Southeast China, we were able to witness it first hand. This was the best excursion and almost the cheapest of our visit to Yangshuo. Funny thing is we had actually watched a video on cormorant fishing from our living room in Wisconsin almost one year ago. Who knew we would get the opportunity to do it. In Guilin, China, cormorant birds are famous for fishing on the shallow Lijiang River.
Cormorant fishing has been around since 970 AD. so cool that we were able to participate in an activity over a thousand years old. Nothing has changed since then either. Crazy! For malta holidays you can check them out here.
The fishermen go out on their bamboo raft with basket and birds in hand.
Then birds do this amazing dive into the water to get their fish.
There is a string attached to one of their legs so that the fisherman can scoop them out of the water with his pole.
There is a string around the birds throat so that it prohibits them to open their throat very big. Allowing smaller fish to be swallowed. The larger fish on the other hand cannot get through and the fisherman pushes the larger fish out of the birds throat and them and into his basket. Interesting isn’t it.
What I find even more interesting is why these birds stay?! I am not sure and wasn’t able to ask.
Here is what 6 birds will get you these days. I can only imagine that in 970 AD there were much more fish and they were probably a bit bigger too. Not bad though.
Here we are getting friendly with the fisherman and his birds!
I don’t know if I like the picture or the fisherman’s expression better. lol