Swordfish being prepared for auction in Lota de Sesimbra - Fish port and auctions, which is one of the most important in mainland Portugal and is the fish landing and sale area for the species captured by the local fleets. Docapesca is a state-owned company under the Ministry of Agriculture, Sea and Environment . It provides the public service of organising the sale of fish and supports the fishing and fishing ports sector.

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Martin Miklas | Portugal

The Sardines fishing in Portugal has a rich history dating back centuries. It has been an important source of livelihood for many coastal communities and a staple food source for many people. However, in the 20th century, the industry began to modernize and expand, leading to overfishing and the depletion of sardine stocks. This has had significant social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts on the communities that rely on the fishery. The decline of sardine stocks has led to a decline in the number of jobs in the fishing industry, causing economic hardship for many coastal communities and a loss of traditional knowledge and skills related to sardine fishing.

The story of Sardines in Portugal is a story of how modernization, overfishing and disregard for the environment can have dire consequences on the local communities and the ecosystem. But it is also a story of resilience and hope, as the local communities and authorities are working together to revive the industry in a sustainable way. It allows us to dive deep into the fascinating story and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Sardines fishing in Portugal.

In the realm of the vast and ever-shifting oceans, where mystery and beauty intertwine, lies an industry of profound significance: the fishing industry. It is here, amidst the ebb and flow of tides, that I have embarked on a long-term photographic project, driven by a deep fascination and a sense of responsibility for the issues plaguing our oceans.

It is my hope that these visual narratives will inspire viewers to question, to engage, and to take meaningful action, for the wellbeing of our oceans, the communities that rely on them, and the future of our planet.

In the ever-evolving dialogue between art and environmental activism, I believe that images have the power to evoke change. Together, let us navigate the depths, expose the challenges, and illuminate a path towards a more harmonious relationship with the oceans that sustain us all.

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