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Chinese Fishing Nets in Cochin, Kerala

Chinese Fishing Nets are located in Kochi of Kerala state of India. It is very famous tourist attraction of Kochi. These fishing nets are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Operated from the shore, these nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes. The net is left into the water for a short time, say for four-five minutes, before it is raised back by tugging the ropes.

Chinese fishing nets is around 10 meters in height and each fishing net are spread to about 20 meters over the water body, it is operated by a team of some fishermen. Each net has a limited operating depth. Due to this, an individual net cannot be repeatedly operated in tidal waters. There are different fishing nets for operation, depending on the state of the tide. The whole paraphernalia is such that that the weight of a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the net to descend into the sea.

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