A new study of the fishing communities in the town of Lom and the Orsoya area is being carried out by the Regional Historical Museum of Ruse, in partnership with the Lom Museum, under the project of the European Spaces 21 Association, supported by the National Cultural Fund. Ethnologists are conducting interviews with fishermen, perform video documentation of various fishing techniques, record traditional recipes. In March and April, the results of the study will be summarized in an exhibition and a film, which will be shared with local communities in Ruse and Lom.
In February, the visitors of the Historical Museum had the opportunity to see a showcase with the latest findings from fishing on the Danube. Ten exhibits were displayed, including a fishing tackle from Lom, a clonk (a catfish catcher) from the village of Ryahovo, hook lines (called karmak in Bulgarian) for sturgeon fishing from the Marten region.
The museum in Ruse develops a constant research interest in the topic of cultural heritage of fishing communities. This interest was expressed during the project “MEMOFISH – memory and future. Stories about the Danube Civilization” of the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, co-financed by the European Union through European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Romanian-Bulgarian Programme. The Museum in Ruse was then one of the project partners, developing a comprehensive methodology for surveying fishing communities on both sides of the Danube in Bulgaria and Romania.
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