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Fishermen of Kerkennah

Mark Abouzeid | Kerkennah/Tunisia, Tunisia


The Oral Med project for the EU Maritime Museum in Marseille seeks to capture the oral histories and current state of traditional fisherman throughout the Mediterranean. These photos from Tunisia capture some of the oldest fishing methods still in use. At the same time, they reflect the reality of these fishermen: in 2 to 3 years, the sea will no longer have enough fish to provide them with a livelihood.

This project was initially proposed to capture the living heritage of fishermen throughout the mediteranean.  As interviews progressed, we became aware that the heritage we were tasked to protect was already in risk of extinction.  "The seas are dead," was the one phrase that repeated itself throughout the rim of the mediteranean in every language we encountered.

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