Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:F is for Fishing


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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so this was a return to Southeast Asia that I looked forward to. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.







The Burmese have been fishing this way for centuries. The fisherman manages the paddle with one foot to position his boat over the fish, and when he's ready, he drops that large net into the water. Fun to watch. He must have great leg muscles to do this for hours everyday.


Answers to E: What do you know about how Burma and its environment?

F 1. One recommendation by policy makers is to stop foreign investors from investing in Burma's energy sector.

F 2. Burma has no Asian elephants in undeveloped areas. (They have between 1,300 and 5,000 Asian elephants. Also about 85 tigers.)

NOW what do you know about fishing in Burma?

T/F 1. The Burma Banks boasts marlin of up to 1,200 pounds. 

T/F 2. Burma has little or no licensing system like other countries in that region.

Answers tomorrow. 

51 comments:

  1. That is some fishing technique - I'd be in the water with the fish if I tried something like that :).
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  2. Strong leg muscles and a great sense of balance!

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  3. My late husband loved fishing, but it looked tame against the photo's you shown. Enjoyed the post very much.

    Yvonne.

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  4. I think they need to be thinking about elephants and tigers. :)

    Nice photos!

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  5. It all looks so effortless for them. These are really neat pictures!!

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  6. Are there alligators in the river? Nothing better than visiting all the fascinating parts of the world, tho I haven't gone out that far east myself.

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  7. That looks amazing! I love fishing, but not sure I'd be too successful at it like that! What a wonderful opportunity to live in that area and be able to explore it.

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  8. Great pictures. Fishing standing up like that all day would be tiring to me. I'd want to sit down. :)

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  9. That is a really unusual looking net.

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  10. I can't help thinking about how I would try that one time and end up in the water in five seconds - about the time it would take for me to step on the boat to stand like they do, lose my balance, then splash face first into the water lol!

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  11. Wonderful view into their culture. I can't imagine fishing like that ever! Wow.

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  12. The fishing around the Mississippi is mainly "sitting" down in a boat:) My legs would get tired! I want some of that 1200 pound Marlin.

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  13. I have yet to get both questions right. I think #1 is false and #2 is true.

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  14. This looks like so much fun. I confess, I've never been fishing but it looks like a great time.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  15. I can't even begin to imagine the places you've seen in your life. I haven't even set foot off of North America.

    Jeff Beesler
    Jeffrey Beesler's World of the Scribe
    #791

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  16. Fishing is always great to watch in other countries. In China, I got to see how men use the cormorant birds to fish--that was pretty fascinating.

    In another region, they had men who ran along a bank with a rope tied to the boat, guiding the boat safely along cliffs. Some of these men were in their 70s but looked like teenagers.

    I love Asia! :)

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  17. Love going fishing. Love eating the fish more!

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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  18. It seems like a hard way to go fishing. On the other hand, being on a calm narrow canal may make it easier than it looks.

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  19. our family love going fishing!

    Visiting from the A To Z Blog Challenge. Enjoy the rest of the challenge

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  20. Paddle with one foot? I'd so fall overboard.

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  21. These people are very fit indeed! They must also balance themselves-no easy feat. Well I was wrong with yesterday's questions. I will say True to both:)

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  22. I used to love to fish. Not any more. If I want a fish I go to the grocery store and buy one.

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  23. That's so interesting! I'd definitely fall in the water if I tried doing that.

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  24. Hi Lee - I love seeing and learning about these early and ancient ways of fishing, that are still carried on today ..

    I think both might be true .. cheers Hilary

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  25. Wow! That's a cool video and slice of life from a different part of the world. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  26. the fishermen make it look like a ballet. very interesting

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  27. It's amazing how he's able to paddle with only one foot! You really have to see the video to believe it.

    Julie

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  28. Very interesting facts about Burma. And photos and video are wonderful.

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  29. What an interesting way to catch fish!

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  30. Fishing that way might not be as relaxing is it's done the way I know how. LOL

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  31. Interesting! What a feat of balance :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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  32. What skill and coordination this guy must have!
    Maui Jungalow

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  33. I want to float down that river! Another fascinating post...thanks!

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  34. I don't fish or eat fish, but I would love to visit that river. What a beautiful spot.

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  35. Just standing up in the boat all day would do me in, let alone the skill needed to drop the net!

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  36. What a cool way to fish, but it does look difficult and tiresome. Wow. We see fishermen in the bay all the time, but they have motor boats and winches for the nets. I'm guessing they don't have a licensing system, but not sure on the huge marlins.

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  37. Have never seen this fishing technique before. Bet they have good core muscles balancing all day. Fascinating!

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  38. I have never seen fishing done like this before. So cool! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)
    ~Jess

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  39. How interesting!

    Fishing season starts soon where we live and the men in the family can't wait to spend their weekend afternoons occupied on the river bank.

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  40. i feel like i'm on the amazing race! thanks for all the cool info on burma, never knew you lived around there. must have been quite an experience!
    and i just saw your awesome-tacular review of BBF! thank you!!!!!!

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  41. Beautiful pictures! And fascinating method. It's funny, the way they move you can tell it's second nature to them whereas to us it seems so strange.

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  42. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Burma looks so beautiful. Loved to see the unique paddling style of the fisherman. : )

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  45. Tell me that fishing trap isn't just the cleverest thing YA saw??

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  46. I would fall off that small boat constantly and lose my net. Amazing.

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  47. That's a very skilful way to fish!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  48. Gosh, it looks beautiful there. And you're right about the leg muscles. I'm jittery just thinking about it.

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  49. It sounds like a strenuous way to fish... probably requires skill... and good balance too!

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