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A night’s catch

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I like going out early and taking a walk along the beach. Aside from the glorious sunrises and the views and sound of the waves, there are always other scenes and experiences that you only get to observe seaside. Among those is witnessing the arrival of fishing boats laden with the night’s catch. The boats are met by the families of the fishermen who help bring in and sort the fish. Here are a few photos from Laiya, Batangas.

Fisherfolk gather and meet the incoming boat carrying the night’s catch.
Some fishes inadvertently fall to the sand and children pitch in by picking them up and placing them in small containers they carry.
Most fish are ‘tamban’ or sardines. There is enough for their families as well as for some to be sold in the market or talipapa.
The nets are removed to be untangled and cleaned. This is a small boat and likely didn’t go to more open waters unlike the bigger, hardy and more weather resistant boats with more powerful engines that allow for wider ranges for fishing.


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