France

16 x Fishing

Shrimping on the Bayou

For all the news about the vast Russian and Japanese fleets vacuuming the fish population out of the ocean, it’s surprising how much of the world still relies for its seafood on commercial fishing the old, small-scale way. From oysters in the Belon River (where Louis XIV first tasted and rendered them instant delicacies), to Massachusetts lobstermen and Louisiana shrimpers, to the net boats that provide Greek, Indian, Italian, and Mexican dinner tables with some of the tastiest seafood in the world, here are 16 photos from one of the world’s most important–and hazardous–industries.

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