WNY Outdoors Blog

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Karst Peaks of Guilin, China, behind a traditional cormorant fisherman

Using cormorant to fish is an ancient practice in Japan and China. In Japan, cormorant fishermen puts a tethered steel ring around the bird’s neck (to prevent them from swallowing the fish). One fisherman usually handles ten to twelve birds at a time.
In China, the cormorants are more like beloved pets to the fisherman – he would train the bird to catch the fish and release it to him instead of swallowing it.

Now it's done mostly for tourism.
Maybe we have a use for  cormorant's after all.

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