The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries announced that it has selected the culture of the sea women of Jeju as the first ever Important Fisheries Heritage of Korea.
▲ Jeju haenyeo receive national designation as part of preservation efforts. Photo by Brian Miller
Jeju province submitted the application to the Ministry back in October in an effort to preserve and manage the indigenous culture of local fishing villages.
The province highlighted the importance of the values of haenyeo, diving women, and their diving skills without breathing equipment.
The application highlighted the unique community culture of the women divers relating to food security, biodiversity, and landscapes.
The national designation is expected to help the culture win other international designations, including UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the Globally Important Agricultural Systems.
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