Fishing is life in Ghana. Most communities rely on the sea to provide income and food for their families. Daniel Quaye and his crew set out every morning far before the sun rises, using a single motor on the side of their hand carved wooden fishing canoe to navigate the coastline north of their village. Just as the sun starts to rise on the horizon, they let out the first of two nets. Minutes later, the crew starts to chant in unison while they haul in their catch, the boat nearly taking on water from its weight. They cast at least twice a day, one to sell, and one to provide for their families

A fisherman uses his flashlight to illuminate the floor of the community hut.

A fisherman uses his flashlight to illuminate the floor of the community hut.  

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The crew patiently waits for their canoe to come to shore before starting their day on the Gulf of Guinea.

The crew patiently waits for their canoe to come to shore before starting their day on the Gulf of Guinea.

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Daniel Quaye stretches out while resting before him and the rest of the crew lay out the first net of the day.

Daniel Quaye stretches out while resting before him and the rest of the crew lay out the first net of the day.

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 A boat brings in their first new of the day just after dawn on the Gulf of Guinea.

 A boat brings in their first new of the day just after dawn on the Gulf of Guinea.

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The boat leans dangerously towards the sea as the overflowing net is dragged aboard.

The boat leans dangerously towards the sea as the overflowing net is dragged aboard.

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 Birds swarm around the canoe trying to pick off fish from the net as crew members reel in the catch.

 Birds swarm around the canoe trying to pick off fish from the net as crew members reel in the catch.

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Daniel Quaye poses for a portrait in between nets.

Daniel Quaye poses for a portrait in between nets.

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A woman waits for her container to be filled with fish as the crew sells their first catch on the beach of a resort somewhere north of Accra.

A woman waits for her container to be filled with fish as the crew sells their first catch on the beach of a resort somewhere north of Accra.

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The hull of the fishing canoe is cleaned out as the crew sells the catch to merchants on a beach.

The hull of the fishing canoe is cleaned out as the crew sells the catch to merchants on a beach.

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