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Traditional fishing is any kind of small scale, commercial or subsistence fishing practices using traditional techniques such as rod and tackle, arrows and harpoons, throw nets and drag nets, etc. Traditional fishing techniques will vary considerably in detail from region to region. They depend for their success on local and indigenous knowledge, much of which has been passed down from generation to generation through a strong oral tradition. Traditional fishers normally use catamarans and dug- out canoes for foraging into the sea for fishing.

Commercial fishing is the capture of fish for commercial purpose. Commercial fishing gears are described briefly under active, passive and other miscellaneous fishing gears.

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