Gyotaku, or Japanese fish printing, was originally used to record and commemorate a fisherman’s catch.
Chokusetsu-ho, or the direct style, is the most similar to the original methodology.
Not only can this method result in pleasing illustration or fine art prints, but it is also used for fish identification and record keeping.
The fish specimens used in this print were both captured in Lake George in upstate New York, USA. The piece illustrates a school of Yellow perch (Perca flavesens).