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‘Centuries old’ Chinese Fishing nets

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To counter balance the weight, rocks are tied on the other end of Chinese net, and men tugging ropes and bellowing chants,
Tugging ropes and bellowing chants could be seen on Fort Cochin, the huge structure is Chinese Fishing nets- a century old tradition
Usually these fisher men work in a group of 8-10 men as pulling the nets require lot of force and energy
Usually these fisher men work in a group of 8-10 men as pulling the nets require lot of force and energy. Fishermen’s Christian heritage comes from Portuguese influence .
The men work from early morning to evening catching the fishes in batches of every fifteen minutes
The men work from early morning to evening catching the fishes in batches of every fifteen minutes
Every time they have to walk on the bamboo supporters to tip to pull the net
Every time they have to climb on this huge spidery frame to the tip
The final outcome! The men looks happy with the catch, though not much in quantity with respect to the efforts
Man looks happy with final outcome, though not much in quantity with respect to the efforts. Their business run on tourists rather than fish.
The fishing boat settlements near Kochi Fort
Nets were introduced by Chinese eunuch Zheng He, an explorer, in the 15th century, or by Chinese traders from the earlier court of Kublai Khan
And the faceless fisher men
Almost 750 Chinese net installations on Fort Kochi and around, and many lives rely on the same
The sun goes down leaving behind  stories happening every minute at Fort Kochi
The sun sets behind the fishing nets, to rest in the ocean after a tiring day
 Every fisher men gets a chance to say spread their fishes on ground and announce the prize for buyers, and crowd surrounding keep an eye on the cheapest deal.
And yet another day, of fish auction! Every fishermen gets chance to say spread their fish on ground and announce the prize and buyers keep an eye on the cheapest deal.
Another bucket full, off for auction
Bucket full of fish, off for auction
A baby shark
A baby shark
The shops for the day sale
The shops for the day sale
Happy consumers
Happy consumers

 

 

9 comments

  1. That sounds sooo fun! Next time we are up there, we’ll have to go. The Port Angeles veoisrn of crabbing consists of two people, a bucket, a lantern and a pitchfork. LOL Your way looks easier!

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