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Pin It: Travel the World – Chinese Fishing Nets of Fort Cochin, Kerala

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Travel the World…This photo was taken in Fort Cochin, Kerala from the edge of the net’s platform. The Chinese fishing nets were first introduced in the 18th century by Chinese explorer Zheng He. The massive 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 (Wikipedia).

 

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