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Chinese Fishing Nets
The Chinese introduced these fishing nets here and they are the only one of its kind in India. The early design of the Chinese fishing net structure was made of bamboo and overtime they change it to wood for better durability and probably increase in size too.
This nets will need about 4-6 person to operate and the basic concept is to dip the net into the backwater and raise it after few minutes to see any catch in the net.
I have a chat with one of the fisherman who is inviting me up to his net structure and allowing me to click my camera like crazy. He was explaining that during high tide, they are less likely to lower the net for fear that the current will break the structure. Before they lower the net into the water, they will release 2 or more ropes (found on land at the side wards of the structure) that tight the net up using some counter balance method. Once the ropes are released, they will lower the net and 2 of them will be climbing up the structure that spread the nets in order to add weight and press the net into the water.
When it is time to raise the net, all of them will be pulling ropes at the middle section with extra weights (rocks) that make up part of the fish net structure. There must be lots of physic rules need to be applied here. And you gotta trust Chinese and Indian to perfect the formula.
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Chinese Fishing Nets
No trip to Cochin is complete without seeing the Chinese Fishing Nets. They were supposedly introduced to the region from the court of Kublai Khan and are now the city's symbol. I enjoyed walking along the dock, smelling the fish, and watching the fishermen work them.
Fort Cochi and the fishing nets
You haven't seen Cochin, if you haven't seen Fort Cochin's famous and mysterious fishing nets.
Like totems from another age stranded in time, they perch along the backwaters.
Those Chinese fishing nets are the most efficient means of backwater fishing and Fort Cochin is full of them. Dexterous fishermen constantly rise and descend them.....
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