“Portugal is sea” is a commonly used expression, as 97% of Portugal’s territory is, indeed, water - the same percentage of water in a jellyfish! The ocean has always been an inherent part of the country’s culture.
These photos depict the daily lives of the fishermen in Trafaria and Costa da Caparica, a few kilometers South of Lisbon.
Collecting the fish that escaped the net, which are then put back in the ocean.
All the fishermen gather for collecting as much fish as possible.
Fishermen keep going until there are practically no fish left in the sand.
Catching up next to the boat is also a part of the routine, while the sun sets.
Ready for the next day of fishing.
Leaning on the “Light of Life“ waiting for the fog to clear.
A fisherman preparing his equipment in front of his warehouse.
Fishermen gambling to pass the time while the fog does not clear.
Pedro “Matuta“ setting up the nets for the next day of fishing.
Paulo and Pedro “Matuta“ collecting cuttlefish from the nets. It is the first time in 10 days that they go fishing. Leaving shore at 6 a.m. and coming back after 10 hours.
Pedro “Matuta“ and Bruno pulling the net on the boat. Paulo and Bruno are father and son and have been working for Pedro for the past years.
Paulo, Bruno and Pedro “Matuta“. Everyone knows which place to take in order to make the process as efficient as possible.
Pedro “Matuta“ and Paulo, after 9 hours at sea, covered in cuttlefish ink, finally pulling the last net.
A portrait of Paulo.
Paulo enjoying his coffee after a hard day at work.
Nuno “Tiby“ fishing octopuss. “There’s another 20 euro bill!“ he says as he pulls another octopuss from the sea. That day he caught over 30 kilos, all by himself.
The outside of the “lota“ in Trafaria. Even though everyone should, a lot of fishermen will only come here as a last resort, if they cannot sell their fish directly to someone, as the pricings are a lot lower than what they can get by themselves.