Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi

Posted Date: 30 Jan 2010      Author: Latha Jayaprakash    Member Level: Gold (Rs. 50)

Chinese Fishing nets or Cheenavala in Malayalam are found in the Fort Kochi area of the Ernakulam District of the state of Kerala in India. These nets have become a very interesting tourist attraction of Fort Kochi

These Chinese Fishing nets are land installations, fixed for an unusual form of shore fishing. These nets are about 20 m wide and 10 m high. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal netsand comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. This type of shore fishing structure is operated by a team of 6 fishermen.

The weight of the man walking over the beam is enough to send the net below the waters. After a few minutes the net id lifted up and a moderate catch of fish and the crustaceans are got which get sold out within a few minutes. You can buy the catch and walk a short distance to get that cooked for you.

These Chinese fishing nets seems to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. When you take a stroll by the Vasco-da-gama Square near the Fort Cochin, you can see many such nets, suspended in mid-air along the sea shore.

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