Chinese fishing nets in Kochi, Kerala

The shoreline of Kochi is full of giant cantilevered fishing nets that are referred to locally as Chinese nets. At sunset, the operators started to arrive to put them to use. They’re large contraptions that are dipped into the water and pulled out a short while later. The process is repeated many times over the course of the evening. With all the nets, I’m not sure how there are any fish left in the bay.

On this particular net, a bright light hangs over top of the submerged net to help attract fish.

The weight of the net is offset by rocks tied on various lengths of rope from the arm of the lever. It looked pretty easy to get the net up and down as the weights provided near perfect balance.

Birds started to accumulate, waiting to pick small creatures off the net as it came out of the water.

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