Photographer's Note

The local fishermen are finally getting fish again. This was the beginning of excellent catches, but the picture is the end of the net cleaning. The net from a plank boat will filled to capacity. Most of the time I was there (4 1/2 months), huge trawlers sat at the horizon, scrapping the ocean bottom, collecting everything alive. The local fishermen in their boats made of 3 boards of coconut wood, tied together with coconut twine had nothing, no food, nothing to sell. Even their "larger" boats of coconut planks sewn together with the twine, which went farther out, and had huge nets, caught a basket full of sardines, or nothing. The small plank boats hold 1-3 fishermen, (usually just one goes out). The larger boats can have up to 30 or more men in the boat, and on shore holding the nets. Violence broke out between the local fishermen, and the huge ships, finally at a port. The man on the left caught these, other fishemen help the boat to come in, carry it up on the shore, and to pull each fish out one at a time. Fish hawkers, locals, and restaurants rush to buy the fresh catch, so delicious! (This was taken last year in Varkala, Kerala, India.)

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