Fishing For A Living

Fresh Caught Fish

When you think of a man who is fishing for a living you have in mind this big mussel bound guy. Not so here on the Amazon. Most fishermen I know are skinny and spend most of their day out in a small canoe trying to catch fish to sell in the market. They will either sell it to a vendor they know well or just sell the fish off their boat. When I talk with old fishermen they tell of the good old days with the fish were large and heavy but now catches are small, mostly because of overfishing by larger boats or corporations who can just scrape up the fish in big nets. The local guy just gets what is left over, unless they have access to a special spot where the big boats can not go. The Amazon River here still teams with life but the city it feeds is growing faster than the fish.