We often hear them before we see them. The sound of the engines calling out the passing of those small wooden boats, each carrying a lone fishermen to a distant place on the sea where he will set or gather his nets.
|Alone on the sea - the fisherman sets his nets|
|'Captain' Adonis has one of my favorite boats in the harbor|
|A solitary life on the sea - Agios Nikolaos|
Over the years as we have watched the comings and goings of those boats we've speculated on how lonely a profession it must be. Alone, out at sea and far from anyone else, even though in this day and age internet and mobile devices have eased the isolation a bit.
|Season begins with the boats returned to the sea|
Greek Fishing Traditions
Many fishermen in our village -- like others throughout Greece -- are proud to be carrying on their family's tradition. Often times it was the work of father and grandfather, sometimes going back even further.
Fishing in Greece goes way back. Some accounts say it dates back to the upper Paleolithic Age, 40,000 years ago. Fishing is depicted in the art of ancient Greece dating back to the 5th Century B.C.
|The day's catch arrive in Gerolimenas |
Throughout Greece fishermen continue to use the same traditional methods as have been used for decades before them. With boats ranging in size from six to 12 meters (20- to 40-feet), the Greek fishing fleet is estimated to be around 17,000 boats. Yet, an amazing 30,000 - 33,000 people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the fishing industry here.
|The Sunday morning's catch on display|
Of the some 476 species of fish in Greece, some 90 marine species are caught and include: sardines, anchovies, cod, mullet, red snapper and plaice (flounder). But every fisherman will tell you the waters -- especially in our area -- are becoming 'fished out'. . .some blame the use of dynamite decades ago and others claim it is irresponsible fishing practices of the present-day. For whatever the cause, the catch is often small.
|Agios Nikolaos harbor in September|
There is a charm and mystique about those boats and those who operate them. How often has one or the other of us said, 'Wouldn't it be fun to go out with a fisherman sometime?'
Greek Fishing Tourism
|Captain Antonis - May 2019|
|Fishing boat trips from Agios Nikolaos|
|Leaving the harbor of Agios Nikolaos|
|The small marker shows the net location|
|Shifting gears and pulling the net|
|What would come up in that net?|
'Maybe a big one today,' the Captain kept saying as the massive lengths of net began piling up.
|Hauling in the net and hopefully a catch or two |
|Lion fish will make some tasty soup|
|Untangling the net|
|Setting off in the wake of pirates|
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