Tuesday, 19 June

Noramarg’s Fishing Cousins: Having Fun and Putting Food on the Table


Diana Ghazaryan, Saro Baghdasaryan

Fishing is a favorite pastime for Artash and Van, cousins who reside in the village of Noramarg, in Armenia’s Ararat Province.

Van pedals the bicycle, with 9-year-old Artash balancing himself in front, just behind the handle bars.

The boys are off to one of their favorite fishing spots – a nearby irrigation canal.

The cousins proudly tell us that none of the other kids in the village have a hankering for fishing.

Artash, who’s in the fourth grade, got interested in fishing a year ago. He first went with his uncle. His biggest daily catch amounted to four kilos of fish.

The boy has his sights on becoming a professional chess player, and classes recommence in a month.

But, for now, fishing is his major after school pastime. It’s also a way to put food on the table. He takes the fish he catches in his net home to his mother who prepares a fish fry.

Van, a ninth-grader, dreams of becoming a professional footballer. He’s been netting fish in the local irrigation canals for the past three years. His father taught him how to fish. Not making any noise is paramount when fishing, Van says. “Fish are wary, and any noise will scare them off,” he says.

The nets are homemade. Van uses one made by his grandfather, while Artash uses one fashioned by his father. They do the job, and the boys haven’t yet asked their parents for better equipment.

The water in the canals bisecting the village is dirty and slow moving.

The boys say come springtime, the water starts to flow and it’s much clearer. For now, they take the fish they’ve caught and let them swim around in clean water. They believe doing so removes any impurities, making them fit to eat.


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Comments (4)
1. Lutz Kannegiesser00:42 - 14 March, 2018
Lutz Kannegiesser What would Artash and Van say if they were caught by one of our fishermen? With these methods of black fishing in Saxon waters !? The Ararat region in Armenia is characterized by canals, fish ponds and gold mines. The latter one does not like to be shown as a tourist because they poison the water in which the fish are bred. Even as a child, I was happy to bring my mother's self-brought fish home. The first Roebs from the Elbe were disposed of during the roasting together with the pan, the smell of freshly laid pavement today I still have in the nose. The fish that landed at home in Neukirchen came from waters that were surrounded by garbage dumps. Or from the environment of the "oil ponds", as we said then. But, fish was delicious and we are still alive. Artash and Van "fishing" on the border with Nakhichevan and on the border with Turkey. Fishing together with children from their neighboring countries would be a high goal. We are only 2,500 km as the crow flies away, fishing with us for a long time no more bad boys with self-built networks ... The DAFV will not invite the two to children's fishing in his large international youth camp in Germany. And so it remains, as it is on the border with Nakhichevan in the canals, where the water gets clean in the spring ...
2. Hagop04:09 - 14 March, 2018
Herr Kannegiesser touched upon a subject for which I also have a question and concern. When the authors state the water is "dirty" - does that mean dirty as in industrial waste dirty - or dirty as in natural dirty such as naturally occurring mud, leaves, etc? One other concern I saw was the water standing idle in the video, a bad sign. In other words, I think these boys should have these fish checked for safety to determine whether it is suitable for consumption. Fish is very good for health and should be an essential part of a diet, however, when it is from polluted waters, it does more harm than good.
3. Էդուարդ 10:47 - 15 March, 2018
Հարգելի խմբագրություն, տեղեկացնում եմ, որ էկրաններով /պատկերված է հոդվածի լուսանկարում/, ցանցերով /հատկապես էլաստիկ/ ՀՀ տարածքում սոցիալական նպատակներով /սիրողական, սպորտային/ ձկնորսությունն արգելված է: Պրոպագանդելով անչափահասների կողմից անթույլատրելի միջոցներով ձկնորսությունը, հատկապես այն ներկայացնելով որպես դրվատելի արարք, մենք նպաստում ենք մեր բնության նկատմամբ սխալ վերաբերմունքի արմատացմանը, անուղղակիորեն լեգիտիմացնելով որսագողության նման դեպքերը:
4. Lutz Kannegiesser00:58 - 16 March, 2018
Hello Mr. Eduard, I look in this post finally in happy children's eyes. They catch fish from nature and have fun and something to eat at home. Nature is there to use. I do not see too small a fish. Please take care that enough water is left over for all inhabitants in their country. Thank you.
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