What is progress? .. If you measure it by "fishing techniques" - you would probably start with a rod, a line and some bait. The return is slow but doesn't require a lot of technique and resources. In Sri Lanka, you could add - balance - to that equation.. Second step in progress would be to work together and make your return higher. For example, a large net that is lowered to the seabed and then slowly pulled by people (or any passerby..) on shore. Third and final step is industrialization (bigger boats, bigger nets, .. )
What I wanted to make clear is that even in the small villages outside of Galle this "progress" is very tangible. The first technique you see, is called stilt fishing (made famous by Steve McCurry, more info on this LINK) and is unfortunately almost gone. The few places where you can still see stilt fishers are only there to the amusement of tourists. The return is higher .. 800 rupees to be exactly (around 3,5 EUR). You could argue and say that the stilt fishing pictures are missing authenticity (but would you say that if I hadn't mentioned that I paid for it?). In any case .. I agree.
We stumbled upon the second "technique" by accident when I saw a large group pulling a net on shore. I immediately ordered the tuk-tuk driver to drop us off so that we could investigate. After taking a couple of pictures, I decided to help them out with the catch of the day!
"Hey-O Hey-O Hey-O" - cried the foreman to keep the rhythm. "Hey-O" - I mumbled..
Enjoy the series!