My village is a Khmer village which uses traditional fishing methods. Both men and women fish using a method called “TRU” in the Khmer language. This is an old method using bamboo baskets which are pushed into the water and covered by it. The fish swim into the basket but cannot get out.
This method is very useful for my family, these tools are very important in the daily lives of my villagers. I want to learn from my father and keep these traditional methods alive in my culture.
By using these tools and these methods, we are subsistence fisherman and know the importance of having enough fish for the future. We catch just enough fish to eat and some to sell at the market. This method is more than 500 years old and is still used today in many villages.