While recent decades have seen many changes, life here is still measured by its main crops of plums, almonds and olives, although a phylloxera outbreak in the 1940s destroyed many of the island vineyards. Its three main fishing fleets at Skopelos, Elios and Loutraki, supply almost all the island’s fish and its beekeepers its deservedly famous honey. Its reputation as a shipbuilder for the War of Independence in the 1820s has declined, but carpentry, fine and domestic, remains a strong tradition. While some younger islanders leave for education or careers, many also choose to remain or return.