A Fin Frenzy: Fishermen Empty Entire Mali Lake of Fish in Minutes

Jan 21, 2011
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

For the Dogon people of Mali, one day of the year is extra special. It's the day when the fishing ban on sacred Lake Antogo is lifted for 24 hours—not that the fishermen need that much time.

Lining the banks of the large pond, fishermen wait for a go-ahead signal—a single gunshot—then rush into the water armed with baskets to empty the lake of piscine life in minutes.

It's like an Easter egg hunt, but scaly. And it's as chaotic as it is exciting.

Video from the BBC.


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