File - Fishermen's nets are seen in Tripoli, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Justin Salhani)
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The saline scent of the Mediterranean hangs in the air as 69-year-old Adnan al-Oud stands looking out at his nautical bureau where he's spent decades seafaring.He wears a tattered long brown T-shirt, long navy blue shorts, and his comfortable Crocs.In his youth, Oud would work 10 days straight as a fireman and would use his usual 20 days off at sea being a fisherman. When small fish aren't allowed to grow and lay eggs, the sea is not replenished with fish. While the purse seine is a staple of the global fishing sector, the abundant use of it in Lebanese waters is eating away at aquatic wildlife. However, as fishermen exploiting the lack of regulation continue to use the purse seine while the number of fish continues to dwindle, new generations are turning away from the profession.Regardless of the conditions, Oud carries on because of his passion for the job, and at 69 years old there is little else he can do.
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