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European Journal

Greece: Fishing with light and spears (Series Europe by Night)

The residents of the Greek island of Milos are concerned that their tradition of spear-fishing at night using lamps to attract the fish may be banned.

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Every year between February and May, fishermen from the island of Milos go out to catch fish using the "pyrofani” spear-fishing method, which entails lighting the surface of the sea with bright lamps to attract fish. Because fish stock have declined near the island, the plan is that only professional fishermen will be able to obtain permits to fish by this method. Amateur fishermen on Milos are incensed.