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A man tends to his Chinese fishing net in the Fort Cochin area of Kochi.
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A man tends to his Chinese fishing net in the Fort Cochin area of Kochi.

Chinese Dip-Net Fishing in Kerala

Though it was ages ago that immigrant Chinese brought their dipnets to the Malabar Coast, the now-indigenous method is still called “Chinese fishing.”

The practice can be seen not far from downtown Kochi, at the north end of theChinese fishing nets in the Fort Cochin area of Kochi. peninsula in the Fort Cochin area and is also practiced in the backwaters south of Kochi — Kayankulam and Asthamudi Lakes.

The boatmen poled our kettuvallam through the lakes as the sun set and fishermen worked on their dipnet rigs until dark.

Waters here in Kerala are heavily fished, as their often meager catches show. The fishing practice goes on, nonetheless. 

Chinese dipnet fishing in Kerala, India

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