‘Today we seek those fish in Discovery Channel’
Kavitha Muralidharan • Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

‘Today we seek those fish in Discovery Channel’

Kadal Osai, a community radio of and for fisherfolk on Pamban island of Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district, turns three this week. And it's making waves – with climate change as its latest focus

August 12, 2019 | Kavitha Muralidharan
A fishy catch-22 in the Bay of Bengal
Neha Simlai • Purba Medinipur, West Bengal

A fishy catch-22 in the Bay of Bengal

Fish workers, who camp on uninhabited islands in the Bay of Bengal for seasonal fishing, say with the fish depleting, water becoming inert and big trawlers taking over, they may be forced to leave

May 29, 2019 | Neha Simlai

Flattened by Prosperity in Chiradpada
Jyoti Shinoli • Thane, Maharashtra

Flattened by Prosperity in Chiradpada

Four Katkari Adivasi families living for decades just outside Chiradpada village in Thane district could soon lose their huts and livelihoods to a viaduct of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Highway

March 27, 2019 | Jyoti Shinoli

Big Pharma kills small fish in Kovvada
Rahul Maganti • Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh

Big Pharma kills small fish in Kovvada

After polluting industries destroyed fishing in this village in Andhra Pradesh, the struggling fisherfolk, who have tried other livelihood options, recall a past of abundant marine life – while facing an uncertain future

September 21, 2018 | Rahul Maganti

Powerless in a power-surplus state
Rahul Maganti • Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh

Powerless in a power-surplus state

Thousands of villagers in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh will have to leave their land and livelihood to make way for a nuclear power plant – when the state has enough energy and the new capacity will cost a lot

September 14, 2018 | Rahul Maganti

Shifting sands and changing tides
Sonia Filinto • North Goa, Goa

Shifting sands and changing tides

PARI presents a documentary on the fisherfolk of Goa’s Calangute village, who describe how tourism and trawlers have eaten their fish, why many have left the trade, and how some continue to go to sea

July 12, 2018 | Sonia Filinto
A ‘food park’ that could heighten hunger
Sahith M. • West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

A ‘food park’ that could heighten hunger

People in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, battling the proposed dumping of 50,000 litres of polluted water from a mega aqua food park into the Gonteru drain every day, find they are fighting the state as well

January 17, 2018 | Sahith M.
Broken bow: Dhanushkodi's forgotten people
Deepti Asthana • Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

Broken bow: Dhanushkodi's forgotten people

Half a century after a massive cyclone turned Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu into a ghost town, 400 fish worker families still live there. Abandoned all these years, they are now seen as obstacles to tourism development

January 10, 2018 | Deepti Asthana

Islands of hope, oceans of despair
Jisha Elizabeth • Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Islands of hope, oceans of despair

The families of many fishermen in Kerala who remain missing at sea after cyclone Ockhi on November 30, are still hoping that, first Christmas – and now the New Year – will bring them a miracle

January 1, 2018 | Jisha Elizabeth

Unquiet on the riverfront
Rahul Maganti • Krishna, Andhra Pradesh

Unquiet on the riverfront

The fishing communities on the banks of the Krishna in Andhra Pradesh are being forced to leave their homes and livelihoods due to the state’s many riverside projects around Vijayawada and the 'new' Amaravati

October 18, 2017 | Rahul Maganti
Bringing up Mollie in Udayrampur
Barnamala Roy • South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

Bringing up Mollie in Udayrampur

Ornamental fish farming in the villages of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, requires meticulous work, and even though income from the trade is uneven, farmers ‘raise’ the fish like their own children

September 13, 2017 | Barnamala Roy
Card games by the bay
Rahul M. • Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu

Card games by the bay

September 7, 2017 | Rahul M.
'Not an acre of farmland is left'
Rahul Maganti • Krishna, Andhra Pradesh

'Not an acre of farmland is left'

The Dalit labourers of Ankennagudem in Nadivada mandal of Andhra Pradesh have seen workdays collapse with farmland being converted into fish tanks. Incomes are shrinking, distress migrations are growing

July 14, 2017 | Rahul Maganti

Networking from home
Samyukta Shastri • Palghar, Maharashtra
Casting a net in Fort Kochi
V. Sasikumar • Ernakulam, Kerala

Casting a net in Fort Kochi

The signature shore-operated lift nets – or ‘Chinese fishing nets’ – at Fort Kochi in Kerala are now a barely viable source of income for fishermen

March 3, 2017 | V. Sasikumar
The migrant fish workers of Dongarpada
Shreya Katyayini • Mumbai, Maharashtra

The migrant fish workers of Dongarpada

In a fishing hamlet at Madh in north Mumbai, Koli families employ labourers from the villages of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states for various tasks – to bring the catch ashore, sort the fish, dry them and mend nets

February 24, 2017 | Shreya Katyayini

From river to plate: the journey of the Sundarbans tiger prawn
Urvashi Sarkar • North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

From river to plate: the journey of the Sundarbans tiger prawn

For village women in the Sundarbans, collecting tiger prawn seedlings is unrewarding and unsavoury work – though the delicacy fetches high prices for others later along the supply chain

January 11, 2017 | Urvashi Sarkar
The sting of bees and the tyranny of tigers
Urvashi Sarkar • North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

The sting of bees and the tyranny of tigers

The ‘mouleys’ or honey collectors of the Sundarbans work without safeguards in dense and dangerous jungles – encountering crocodiles, tigers and the diktats of the Forest Department

September 23, 2016 | Urvashi Sarkar

A right to fish, a fight to live
Urvashi Sarkar • Twenty-four Parganas, West Bengal

A right to fish, a fight to live

“Why confiscate the canoes and hurt us in the stomach?"

March 12, 2015 | Urvashi Sarkar