Hundreds of feet of netting must be carefully examined and repaired by hand after each fishing expedition. Debris along the ocean floor or fish forcing their way through weak points create holes that must be patched before the next trip out.
A young man has the hard job of lifting the front end of the canoe while almost thirty other men from the fishing community pull from behind with ropes to bring the large craft ashore.
Everyone works hard to pull in a net off the coast of Ghana on Tuesday, March 30, 2017. Even the youngest crew member, Bernard Mate Batu, 9, pulls alongside his elders. He and the other men on the boat all start young when they learn how to fish, most begin around age 6.
Young men clean plastic containers that carry fish from the boats, measure fish quantities or are used to display fish for market. Hundreds of these plastic containers line the shoreline of Tema Port, the largest marina in Ghana.
The best fish are kept for the families of the fisherman or will be sold in the market the day they were caught. Most of the unsold fish will be smoked and dried for later consumption, which could be a few days or months down the road.
Swarms of Turns and Gulls circle above the nets as the fishermen bring in their nets. The birds will skim the surface, snatching the confused fish that come to the surface looking to escape from the encircling net below.
A canoe owner waits along the shore as men bring in the craft from its mooring past the breakers to load up supplies for the days' expedition to their fishing grounds.