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In the backwaters of Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake is a big one by any standards. And one of the most prominent features of this lake is the presence of Chinese fishing nets with their own paraphernalia.

In India, Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as "Chinese fishing nets" in India, the more formal name for such nets is "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. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian state of Kerala, where they have become a tourist attraction. The Indian common name arises because they are unusual in India and different from usual fishing nets in India.

The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction, their size and elegant construction is 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 a street entrepreneur who will cook it.

Source: wikipedia

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  • Copyright: Apurba Dutta (Apurba20) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 98 W: 0 N: 146] (984)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-06-20
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-06-27 1:32
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