Chinese Fishing Nets – Backwaters of Kerala near Kollam
The Chinese fishing nets came to Kerala in the 1300s to 1400s from the council of Kublai Khan. These nets sit at the end of the dock about 20 feet out from the mainland. Two long poles act like a neck and there are four other poles that reach over the water with the net attached to the end of each pole so that it looks like a diamond shape. There are weights attached to the end of the ropes that are connected to the top of the Chinese fishing net. These weights act as simple machines to pull the net up and down. There is another rope that is connected to the cone shaped center of the fishing net. When the net is put into the water, the ropes are released and the net drops into the water, with the cone shaped area dropping deeper. The purpose of the cone shaped area is to capture the fish when the net is lifted out of the water. Electrical wires run from the shore and are connected to the frame of the net. At the top of the net, there are four light bulbs. The fisherman fish at night and use lights to attract the fish (which is illegal in Canada). This type of fishing is still used quite a bit today in Kerala and will probably continue to be used for a while.