Documenting Indonesian Sea Nomads’ Shifting Role in the Global Economy

March 11, 2011

By David Walker

© James Morgan Photography

Jatmin, an octopus specialist, carries a freshly speared octopus back to his boat, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Nomadic seafaring tribes of Southeast Asia have sustained themselves for generations by fishing the coral reefs around the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. But new fishing methods promoted by corporate fishing interests in the region are now destroying those reefs—and undermining a way of life for the tribes. Photojournalist James Morgan explored the issue in his...

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