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Fishing with “Stafnokari” in Aetoliko

 

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2020

Type of fishing, made with traditional type of boat, called “priari”, which sails in the shallows. In the bow there is “stafnokari”, which is a traditional fishing gear that consists of a square net, stretched by two stakes with a construction like an umbrella, which has a small net for small fish (in summer) or thick for larger ones (in winter). The net is submerged in water and when fish are found it rises.

It was inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2020  

This type of fishing is made with a “priari”, which is a boat with acute stern that has a flat bottom for use in the Aetolian Lagoon, from June to January. Information about the use of this boat is scarce, from historical sources and refers to the second half of the 17th century with fishermen making use of some kind of single pole for sailing in the shallow areas of the lagoon.

It is a simple construction based on the contour of its flat bottom. "It has a limited bow and stern deck and a perimetric horizontal plank inside and at the height of the deck, while the central area is open with wooden floor" according to a publication of the Maritime Museum of Greece on the internet.

At the front of the boat there is a strong wooden beam and in the edge of the beam there is a wooden fork. There hovers a wooden beam to the sea on which there is a construction with a net. Towards the boat the end is tied with a rope which can be handled by the fisherman. The net is square and hangs diagonally from two intersecting antennas which hang from a piece of wood supported in a horizontal position by a short mast on the bow. The necessary depth for fishing ranges from half to one and a half meters. The size of the net ranges from twenty to fifty square meters and hangs from two arched arms made of light wood or metal pipes suitable to withstand the weight of the fish. These arms are joined in their center.

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This type of fishing is made with a “priari”, which is a boat with acute stern that has a flat bottom for use in the Aetolian Lagoon, from June to January. Information about the use of this boat is scarce, from historical sources and refers to the second half of the 17th century with fishermen making use of some kind of single pole for sailing in the shallow areas of the lagoon.

It is a simple construction based on the contour of its flat bottom. "It has a limited bow and stern deck and a perimetric horizontal plank inside and at the height of the deck, while the central area is open with wooden floor" according to a publication of the Maritime Museum of Greece on the internet.

At the front of the boat there is a strong wooden beam and in the edge of the beam there is a wooden fork. There hovers a wooden beam to the sea on which there is a construction with a net. Towards the boat the end is tied with a rope which can be handled by the fisherman. The net is square and hangs diagonally from two intersecting antennas which hang from a piece of wood supported in a horizontal position by a short mast on the bow. The necessary depth for fishing ranges from half to one and a half meters. The size of the net ranges from twenty to fifty square meters and hangs from two arched arms made of light wood or metal pipes suitable to withstand the weight of the fish. These arms are joined in their center.

This type of fishing is made with a “priari”, which is a boat with acute stern that has a flat bottom for use in the Aetolian Lagoon, from June to January. Information about the use of this boat is scarce, from historical sources and refers to the second half of the 17th century with fishermen making use of some kind of single pole for sailing in the shallow areas of the lagoon.

It is a simple construction based on the contour of its flat bottom. "It has a limited bow and stern deck and a perimetric horizontal plank inside and at the height of the deck, while the central area is open with wooden floor" according to a publication of the Maritime Museum of Greece on the internet.

At the front of the boat there is a strong wooden beam and in the edge of the beam there is a wooden fork. There hovers a wooden beam to the sea on which there is a construction with a net. Towards the boat the end is tied with a rope which can be handled by the fisherman. The net is square and hangs diagonally from two intersecting antennas which hang from a piece of wood supported in a horizontal position by a short mast on the bow. The necessary depth for fishing ranges from half to one and a half meters. The size of the net ranges from twenty to fifty square meters and hangs from two arched arms made of light wood or metal pipes suitable to withstand the weight of the fish. These arms are joined in their center.

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