A Sri Lankan fisherman, also known locally as a stick fisherman, sits perched on stilts fixed into the ocean floor.
The practice is unlikely to last much longer, other than as a tourist attraction. Local fisheries are declining, particularly following permanent alterations to the shoreline brought about by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Unfortunately, such traditions generally are also threatened due to commercialisation. The development of hotels close to stilt fishing areas and the bathing tourists that come with them disturbs the fish and is driving them away from the coral reef.