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You will find loads of photos of these people in internet. In fact, a scene of an Indian sea-coast is incomplete without them. But this sight is getting infrequent day by day.

There was a time when the coast was less populated and the traditional fishing community could use the whole area for their livelihood. But gradually, the tourism industry started invading into the fishers' forte. Hotels and resorts started eating up the beaches -- cutting off these poor peoples’ access to the sea.

Then came the trawlers and mechanised boats. The commercially valuable varieties of fish are now lifted from the sea itself where the country boat cannot even reach.
Fish ‘production’ of the area has increased several times but fish ‘catch’ has declined. Next generation of these fish-catchers now opt for other professions – pulling rickshaw, opening small shops with local products, being waiters in the hotels … and so on.

There are still some who ‘strut and fret’ their hours on this stage, but can they really pull up the sun for a brighter future?

Shot at Digha, West Bengal, India at 06:51 AM

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  • Copyright: Alekhya Sundar (aleXundar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 265] (1256)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-02-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-09-08 10:57
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