Existing nearly 300 years before the Magna Carta was issued, cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method historically employed by Chinese and Japanese people. To catch fish, the fishermen tie a snare around the bird’s throat so that it cannot swallow large fish. Rather, it holds the fish in its throat and coughs it up when the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat.
A Cormorant Fisherman In Repose
Published June 4, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014