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Jakarta Post

Ngadino, a portrait of impoverished fisherfolk

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, June 13 2019   /  01:26 am

Together they can: Fisherfolk pull a fishnet onto the shore at Pangandaran Beach, West Java. Ngadino coordinates a group of 16 fisherfolk. The sun had yet to fully appear on the eastern horizon in Pangandaran, a scenic West Java coastal town facing the Indian Ocean. Giant bubbling waves rolled toward the coast, forming long running white lines and crashing onto the shores.On a brown sandy beach, traditional fishermen joined hands and pushed a blue fiber boat, Putra Sekawan, from the sand into the sea and against the waves.Ngadino, a fisherman and the boat skipper, skillfully sped through the waves into the open seas. Upon reaching the intended spot, he ordered his two-man crew to lower the fishnet. Once the equipment was in place, Putra Sekawan raced back to shore, where dozens of people — women and men — were ready to drag the net and reap the catch.The amount of catch is, of course...