Anticipation grows in the shores of Hidd fishing port, north-east of Bahrain.
But the air is kept light with smiles and laughs.
Amazing to see how the human spirits could soar so high on a long, hot summer day.
Weather-beaten faces perfectly blending with the day’s hard work.
And then someone sees the boat approaching from the seas.
Somehow they know it was a good catch indeed.
Blue Swimming Crabs are wild caught from seas around Bahrain by using traps.
A boat carries 6 to 8 crates of freshly netted Blue Crabs.
After a quick rinse, the crates are brought ashore.
Experienced eyes picks few bad ones and promptly removes them.
Dilip and his team effortlessly moves in sync as a well-rehearsed drill.
Rest are chilled with crushed iced, ready to be transported to the factory in refrigerated trucks.
The cluster portion of the crab with claw and legs untrimmed is the final product that carries a shelf-life of up to 2 years.
A brand new fishing boat..
and the crew.
Behind all those jokes and songs and relaxing
the life is tough.
A constant fight with the deep sea
where trawlers and purse-seine nets sweep the ocean clean
leaving nothing for the small-boat fishermen.
Freshly caught fish has become a rare commodity these days. Fishermen had complained about the polluted waters of the lake and the constant movement of international and naval vessels that disturb the fishes. But a few determined folks sure would ensure a decent catch using a ‘Cast net’ or ‘Throw net’. One can also see a Chinese net in the background…
Backwaters of the state of Kerala hold an abundance of freshwater fish and most of the day local people can be seen engaged in fishing. The catch is often good using traditional methods but they complain of ‘outside’ vessels catching their fishes using modern methods.
Lone fisherman rowing his boat in the backwaters expecting a good catch. But will the gods be kind enough today?
Dhows are arabic boats. The fishing harbour near the Coast Guard side opposite to the Bahrain National Museum is a resting place for many dhows. Most of them coming after an overnight trip to the sea and back while others wait their turn for the venture. Gently moving with the ripples, the dhows might look meek. They sure are the tigers of the sea…