Chinese Fishing Nets
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Chinese Fishing Nets

First, to get it out of the way: The so-called Chinese fishing nets are not really Chinese. Instead the origin of the name appears to be the use of Chinese to indicate anything foreign or unusual, and these nets are uncommon in India, found only in Kochi and Kollam (another city in Kerala). The 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) structures consist of nets that are cantilevered out over the water. The angler, on dry ground, submerges the net for a few minutes and then raises it, and the catch, from the sea. The nets can be found along the northern tip of the Fort Cochin peninsula, at the entrance to the harbor, and are a much-photographed sight, especially when the sun is setting behind them.

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