Galilean fisherman, kibbutz member, author and foremost expert on the Sea of Galilee, Mendel Nun was born into a Zionist family in Latvia in 1918. In 1939 he immigrated to Palestine where he became a member of Ein Gev, which today is a thriving, modern kibbutz on the lake's eastern shore. For the next twenty years Nun worked as a fisherman on the lake. It was during this period that he became interested in ancient fishing methods. He lived on the shore of the Sea of Galilee for almost 60 years.