Picture Of The Month

Mr. Prashanth from Tappas Voyages visited Cochin, Kerala and captured the photograph of Chinese Fishing Nets.

Chinese Fishing Nets Called 'Cheena Vala' in local parlance, the huge cantilevered fishing nets are believed to have been brought by Portuguese from Macau, once a Portuguese colony. While some accounts mention that the nets were set up between AD 1350 and AD 1450 by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, some others say Chinese explorer Zhang He introduced the nets to Kochi shores.

Set up on bamboo and teak poles, the nets are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets. Suspended horizontally over the sea, the nets give the appearance of a huge hammock.

Chinese fishing nets, in use for the last 500 years and one of the tourist attractions in Kerala, are fast vanishing from the Kochi coastline as huge maintenance costs and poor catch is forcing fishermen to look for other alternatives. In future , they may remain as reminiscent of Glorious past of Kochi History.