And fishing a major local employer.
As well as the boats which catch fish, crab and prawns from the coastal waters,
Cochin uses large, ancient cantilevered nets,
Thought to have been introduced by the Chinese in the fifteenth century.
Even the name Cochin is said to mean “like China”.
Sadly, fishing stocks have never fully recovered from the tsunami of 2004.
But every morning fishermen are to be seen bringing their catch ashore,
Mending their nets,
And raising the Chinese fishing nets,
Then, as the catch is sold in the nearby market