One man, a cormorant, a gas lamp and a net:Beautiful images show Chinese fishermen keeping 1,000-year-old tradition alive
With just a bird, a gas lamp and a net,each morning, fisherman in Chinakeep a special, thousand year old tradition alive.
Sailing peacefully across a river, the menfish without the aid of a rod with this unusual method, which was firstpracticed in 960 AD.
The men, pictured in southern China, releasea cormorant bird, which then dives into the water and retrieves a carp,returning it to the fisherman's reed raft.
The stunning images were captured on the River Li in Guilin, China,by a Russian photographer called Viktoriia Rogotneva.
The 45-year-old, from St Petersburg, was captivated upon visitingthe fishermen in the town.
'Every fishermen has a reed raft, a few trained cormorants and a small sourceof light - usually a kerosene lamp,' he said.
'In the morning the fishermen go to theriver and let the cormorants go. The birds are very hungry and dive into thewater to catch big carp.'
'The cormorants then return to the surface of the water, and the fishermen takethe fish right out the bird's beak,' Rogotneva added.
The elderly fishermen of Guiliin spendbetween two and three hours on the lake each every morning, and while cormorantfishing only produces about 4kg of carp per day, the men are determined to keepthis special practice alive.
To control the birds, the fishermen tie aring near the base of the bird's throat, which prevents them from swallowingany large fish, but allows them to eat smaller fish with no discomfort.
Rogotneva said: 'These fishermen bring up their birds from when they are verysmall chicks, so you can almost call the cormorant a pet, like you would a dog.