A man performs part of the fishing ritual
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Ancient Chinese fishing festival reels in record catch

28 December 2012 Last updated at 15:29 GMT

The annual winter fishing festival has begun on Lake Chagan in China's Jilin Province.

Local fishermen took part in an ancient ritual to ensure a good seasons' catch before auctioning off the heaviest fish caught on the day to raise a record amount of money to help protect the local ecosystem.

Tom Santorelli reports.