Once a year, fishermen from a small village located in the eastern part of Romania, gather together and begin trawling. Trawling is a very old fishing technique, which involves pulling a large net through the water, gathering a large amount of fish in the middle of it.
The connection that the fishermen have with the lake owner is a rather essential part of ensuring the prosperity of the community. Even so, the continuity of this collaboration is threatened by the lack of interest that the state has in helping small businesses, and therefore in helping the villagers that are involved in them.
As local producers, throughout the country, find it harder and harder to maintain a thriving business, this custom is becoming less and less common as time passes.
Photo and text by Andreea Harabagiu