For centuries now anglers in Taiwan have been participating in what’s called the fire fishing tradition. Using sulfur, they light a fire above the water to fish for scaled sardines. The fish are attracted to the light and leap out of the water into the nets.
The technique is believed to have been passed down by the indigenous people who lived in northern Taiwan, the Basay. Today only one fire fishing boat keeps the tradition alive.
In 2015 this fire fishing tradition was listed as a cultural asset in Taiwan. For those who want an up close and personal look at the technique there are tours available today.