Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi

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    Te tomb of Noemi Mutta

    by cochinjew Updated Mar 18, 2015

    Translation provided by Late Itzhak Hallegua of Cochin.
    Here rests the Kabblist and famous old man of sanctity
    Who emanated the light of his knowledge
    And shines every where n the jewish dispersion
    (He is) the perfect wise man
    (and) the righteous person of divnity
    (he is) the rav and teacher.
    Nehemia son of the rav and teacher, the wise and beloved
    Abraham Muta (old person) of blessed and saintly memory
    And he passed on his life to the (late) rabbanim ( e xpired)
    On Sunday 28th of the month of Kislev
    In the year of creation 5376 (1616AD)

    The tombe is an area which used to be Black Jewish cemetery but when the black jews left for israel in 1955, owner of the house donated the house and the tomb to a local christian family on condition that the tomb will be kep whitewashed and clean. it is not unusual to see chrisitans coming to pray at the tomb and i am told others as well.

    I lit the shabbat candles and said prayers for my friends scattered around the world. and considered it a privilege to do so

    the tomb of rav nehamia ben avaraham 1616

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    Chinese Fishing Nets Fort Kochi by aussirose

    by aussirose Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    This is the most awesome sight in Fort Kochi. Just a leisurely 5 minute walk from Saj Homestay and there they were!

    Its amazing to see something so fundamental and ancient still in use today. These fishing nets are made from bamboo and work using ropes weighted by rocks. The net is lowered by a fisherman walking on the bamboo pole and left in the water for about 5 minutes, then lifted up by the fishermen pulling on the ropes with rock weights. Fish is then sold on the waterfront - you pick your fish and they will cook it for you on the spot.

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    The Famous Chinese Fishing Nets

    by Donna_in_India Written Feb 27, 2013

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    Lining the north shore of Fort Kochi are the Chinese fishing nets, probably the most famous image of Kochi/Kerala. The local name for the nets is cheena-wala (of China). It is believed that traders from the court of Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced the nets to the region in the 14th century.

    Constructed from bamboo and teak the nets are suspended from arched poles and operated by levers and weights and require at least four men to control them. The nets themselves can be 20m or more.

    You can watch the fishermen haul up the nets early in the morning or late afternoon. Views at sunset are particularly nice.

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    The Chinese Fishing Nets

    by Avieira67 Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    According to the legend, these nets were introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. They are an example of shore operated lift nets because they are held horizontally by a large fixed structure and periodically lowered into the water.
    The entire structure of the Chinese fishing nets is about 10 meters in height. Each fishing net spreads to about 20 meters over the water body and is operated by a team of some six fishermen. As each net has a limited operating depth, there are different fishing nets for operation, depending on the state of the tide.
    The net is left into the water for three minutes, before it is raised back by tugging the ropes. The catch is usually modest.
    It is a great experience to incorpore the fishermen team!

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    Chinese Fishing Nets

    by illumina Updated Dec 18, 2010

    When you get off the ferry, and walk along the harbour, one of the first things you'll see is the unusual method of fishing employed here - a huge net suspended on a cantilever which is lowered into the sea, then raised with ropes and weights, lifting the catch out of the water. The fish are usually sold at nearby stalls.

    It is believed that the nets may have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He in the early 15th century.

    Keralatourism have a good video of them at the link below.

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    The ancient fishing nets.

    by ranger49 Written Dec 31, 2009

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    The first sighting of the Cheenavala - Chinese fishing nets - is quite remarkable if - like me you have never before even seen a picture of them.
    We first saw them towards the end of our Backwaters cruise as the sun was setting. They seem to emerge from the water like a giant spider making a huge web of netting.
    The frames are made of wood and operate on a basic mechanical system inventented in China. It is said that they were first introduced to Kochi by traders plying the silk and spice routes from the Court of the Kublai Khan in the 14/15th Century.
    Like so many inventions that at first seem complicated their operation is quite simple, though delicately balanced to match changing water depths and tidal movements and the weights used in lowering and raising them.
    At one time the catch from the frequent, daily lowering and raising of the nets could produce 40 kilos per day - a good catch for independent fishermen. But it can take half a dozen or more to operate the nets throughout the day.They have to pay the owner of the “contraption” rent and then share the profits from the catch on a cooperative basis.
    The 2005 Tsunami in this region had an adverse impact on fish stocks and catches now are much lower.

    The fish that are caught are sold in ad hoc market stalls along the beach. a colourful stop for tourists as well as locals.

    Spider's Web in the sunset. Working the nets At work End of the day Morning

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    Chinese Fishing Nets

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 21, 2009

    First erected between 1350 and 1450, these cantilevered fishing nets indicate trade links with China. Known as Cheena vala they are fixed to the land with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.

    I got called over to one by 5 guys who were working on it and they showed me some of the small fish they had caught with names like toad fish and pen fish. I then helped them by pulling up the net which they say they do between 250 and 350 times a day! You'll get some lovely photos of them at sunset if you stand at the far end of the line of them so that you can see the sun setting over them in the distance (see next tip).

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    Chinese Fishing Nets (3)

    by suvanki Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    This method of fishing operates on the principle of weights and counterweights.

    Large rocks attached to the ropes enable the net to be raised and lowered. This takes a team of 4 men to manoeuvre the pulleys.

    The net is lowered into the water, and rocks hold it in place. After about 15 minutes, the men walk along the platform, pulling hard on the ropes, as the rocks reach a certain point, their counterbalance action gently raises the net out of the water, scooping up the catch.

    As is typical in Kerala, the fishermen are members of a union, to provide protection from exploitation by the net owners.

    Chinese Fishing nets pulley system
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    Chinese Fishing Nets (2)

    by suvanki Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    A combination of cords, pulleys and weights is attached to the 2 wooden poles that rise 30m into the air from a platform.

    From their tips, hang 4 wooden talons, which the huge net is suspended from.

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    Chinese Fishing Nets (1)

    by suvanki Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    One of the most popular sights of Cochin are these rows of cantilevered fishing nets.

    This efficient and effective way of fishing was introduced by Chinese traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

    Although they appear to have a simple design they are quite complicated and expensive to set up.

    Please see my next tips for more details-

    This was the one day during my Kerala holiday that there was no blue sky :-(

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    Chinese fishing nets

    by mallyak Written Feb 12, 2008

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    Chinese Fishing Nets" a hallmark of Cochin, speaks of the first traders, who visited this coast during 1350 - 1450 AD. These nets are built using teak wood and bamboo poles. They can be best viewed at " vasco-Da-gama Square" Fort Cochin, located fourteen kilometers from the City.The Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) of Fort Kochi (Fort Cochin) in the City of Kochi (Cochin), in the Indian State of Kerala, are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets.[1] Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.
    The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction, their size and elegant construction is very photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic. In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to an street entrepreneur who will cook it.

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    Chinese Fishing Nets

    by kentishgirl Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    A walk through the small town of Kochi, also known as Cochin in South india will soon bring you to the waterfront and the square.
    One of the main attractions here are the "Chinese fishing nets". Not only are these net and bamboo structures incredible, but the atmosphere and way of life down here is superb!
    The fisherman will catch the fish for you, you then choose one of many people to cook it for you in the square. Plastic tables and chairs are available for use once you have chosen your chef!

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    Chinese Fishing Nets

    by PierreZA Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    You cannot miss it. This is most probably the picture you see when you think of Cochin.
    Take some time to talk to the fishermen, they are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. The photographic oppurtunities are great.

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    See the chinese fishing nets

    by gonzo747 Written Mar 9, 2007

    I've seen these nets at the backwaters. Over here was the first time I saw them in use.
    It's a bit touristy because the fishermen will allow tourist on the fishing nets from time to time to check it out. Still it is a beautiful sight.

    Fishing net in action a line of chinese fishing nets Fishing

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    Fishing Nets

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 22, 2006

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    Those can be found along the shore line in Cochin. The only time I have seen these nets before was in China, and this is the only part in India where these nets are used. Because of the size between 6 and 8 people are used to "operate" these nets when they are full. I have seen the operation once, and was astonished how "chaotic" it works... I guess it takes a system that we don't understand.

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