Migrant traditional fishermen setting off at dawn.
In the dawn light a traditional fisherman sails his outrigger canoe northwards on the first day of his annual migration that will take him to an archipelago about 600 km away. He had left his home village, already 45 km south, in the dark at 3 am. If fishing is good, he will return in about 9 months just before the cyclone season make sailing too dangerous; otherwise he will stay north and only return when he has earned enough. Unable to survive by fishing in their home villages alone, some migrants will never return.Add to Lightbox Download