FISHERMEN OF SRI LANKA
The meagre returns now available to the stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka are dwindling and the activity may well soon disappear entirely. The tsunami that devastated much of the Indian Ocean coastline irreversibly altered the Sri Lankan shoreline and reduced access to fish using this unique, although not ancient, method. Fishing stops entirely during the annual monsoons, so nowadays it often makes financial sense for fishermen to rent their stilts to people who pose as fishermen for tourists. The fishermen—both the real ones and actors hamming it up for tourists – are shown here.