It is a conscious career choice for many. Not everyonefled the profession on Spain’s Atlantic “Coast of Death”when high-paying construction jobs were available inrecent boom times. But after the nation spiraled into eco-nomic crisis and unemployment skyrocketed, many wereforced back to the dangerous life of a percebeiro.
Most of these photographs were taken in the village of Aguiño, Spain. It has 80 to 100 legal goose-barnacle fishermen, though an increase in the price for a permit hasled some to hunt the prized crustaceans illegally at night. It involves scaling rocks battered by tsunami-like waves,or swimming underwater into caves.