• Coastal Communities

People of Tanintharyi - Coastal Communities

Coastal communities make a living from traditional fishing, using a wealth of tools which have been carefully adapted to changing tides and times of day and night. At lowest tide, villagers forage for shellfish on the mud-flats.

Coastal communities make a living from traditional fishing, using a wealth of tools which have been carefully adapted to changing tides and times of day and night. At lowest tide, villagers forage for shellfish on the mud-flats. As the tide rises, they wade into lagoons to catch fish and shells with scoops and hand-cast fishing nets. And, at higher tides, the fishers use small boats and a variety of hooks and floating nets, some over 30 meters wide.