Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sustainable Fishing Practice by Papuan Woman

Today I am not going to talk about cutting edge fishing boat design. As naval architects, it is easy for us to deal with trawlers, purse seine, or skip jack by reading books related to this subject. There is a famous book entitled Fishing Book of the World edited by Jan Orlof Traung. The book discusses every aspect of fishing vessel design and method of catching fish. The topic of my today's post is about paintings.


Click the above painting to read the background story of the painting. Well, today I only want to present you a painting of a Papuan Woman who was catching fish using very traditional or simple method. As you can see from the picture, she uses a fishing rod and line that is made of twisted gnemon's fiber. Gnemon Gnetum is a kind of plant which mostly grows in Papua island. People also call it Melinjo. Its young leaves are cooked as delicious vegetables. Its fruits are raw material for making crackers. The bait is tied on the tip end of the line without a hook. When the fish bites the worm, she will immediately pull up the fishing rod and collect the fish in a pocket that is also made of twisted gnemon's fiber. There is no nylon or modern fishing equipment involved in this fishing practice. Or in other words, I can say that this is really a sustainable fishing practice. She does not polute the water environment. She only takes what she needs in a proper amount. There are various beautiful watercolor paintings and drawings which I am about to upload to the blog.


This above artwork is watercolor painting of Paradise bird. These paintings were made by Paul Warere a brilliant West Papuan artist whose artworks can be seen in my online Painting and Drawing Gallery. I launched the blog last week in order to promote artworks from Papuan artists as well as empowering their economy so that they can make a living from their art expertise. by Charles Roring. Also read: Watercolor pencils drawing of Papuan Catching A Bird and Watercolor pencils drawing of Papuan Drinking Enau

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