In Satpati: ‘No fish. So what will I sell now?’

On International Day of Rural Women, this story from Maharashtra's Satpati village highlights how, with a drop in fish catch and boats, fisherwomen here are working harder or shifting to assembly line work

October 15, 2021 | Ishita Patil and Nitya Rao

Catching stingrays in Lakshadweep
Abdul Rasheed • Agatti, Lakshadweep

Catching stingrays in Lakshadweep

In Tinnakara, a coral atoll near Agatti island in Lakshadweep, Ukkash and his family hunt for fish in the lagoon and open sea. One day in early August, they returned with three stingrays and went to work on them at once

September 03, 2021 | Abdul Rasheed

Mumbai fishermen: no shelter from this storm

In recent years, fishermen who set sail from south Mumbai’s Sassoon Dock have weathered cyclones, falling fish catch, poor sales – but the impact of the lockdowns since March 2020 has proved to be the hardest

August 13, 2021 | Shraddha Agarwal

Koli women: fish, friendship and fighting spirit

Lockdown losses, major surgeries, jobless husbands and other struggles have hit Vandana Koli and Gayatri Patil, who sell fish at Mumbai's Colaba market. But the two find comfort in their close friendship of decades

August 11, 2021 | Shraddha Agarwal
Hook, line and sinker: Malwan's fisherwomen
and • Sindhudurg, Maharashtra

Hook, line and sinker: Malwan's fisherwomen

In Maharashtra's Malwan taluka – as across India – women are central to the fish trade, from buying, drying, transporting and storing fish, to cutting and selling it, but don't receive the same subsidies as fishermen

October 27, 2020 | Trisha Gupta and Manini Bansal

AP fishermen: between lockdown and deep sea
• Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

AP fishermen: between lockdown and deep sea

Fishermen in Visakhapatnam make their best profits in the two weeks before the annual April 15-June 14 ban on fishing during the breeding season. This year, that crucial period has come during the lockdown

April 26, 2020 | Amrutha Kosuru

‘Even the boats must be missing their men’

The Covid-19 lockdown has battered the livelihoods of the Nishad boatmen of Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh. Many in the community, like Sushma Devi, a pregnant mother and widow, don’t even have ration cards

April 20, 2020 | Jigyasa Mishra

‘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
• 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

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
• 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
• 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

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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu
'Not an acre of farmland is left'
• 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

Casting a net in Fort Kochi
• 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

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

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
• 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
• 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