Fishing has been around for ages. This practice is an ancient art, a skill that has been passed down from generation to generation, dating back to at least 40,000 years. In the beginning, fishing was a modest trade based around the ideology that one should take only as they need however, over time the purity of this process begun to be violated, and as a consequence we are facing the impact of the product of such greed and ignorance, the repercussions of over-fishing.
Haenyeo (sea women) are female divers in the Korean province of Jeju. These women have dived in search of seaweed and shellfish since at least the 17th century. Traditionally a skill handed down from mother to daughter, the haenyeo life has been shunned in recent decades by nearly all the local girls, who are beginning to favour more comfortable and contemporary lives. As a result of the decaying population of heanyos the vast majority are over the age of 50, with the oldest in their nineties. However these women don’t let their age restrict them, continuing to dive to depths reaching 20m and holding their breaths for up to two minutes at a time.
The way in which these divers collect their fish is admirable, and provides a basis for fishing that today’s world should begin to follow. Haenyeo believe that when diving no equipment such as tanks, or flippers or anything that could potentially aid in surfacing more fish should be used. These women are sustainable as they understand that they must conserve the marine environment and take only as much as they need to survive.
As fish populations and the marine environment are being threatened we should begin to wider implement more sustainable fishing strategies with in our community, such as the ways of the Haeyno.
Wild life is being taken out of the sea at such a fast rate that populations don’t even have the opportunity to reproduce, this means that if we don’t stop now there won’t even be any fish for us to eat! But, you can start making a change to this issue today. Why not buy your weekly fish from a sustainable seafood melbourne market? Or if your into a bit of fishing yourself why pay attention to the amount of fish you are taking and the amount of fish that you actually need.