Overview

No sense is left unaffected at Mumbai’s amazingly barometrical fishing(Sassoon) docks, dating to 1875, the most established and biggest discount fish market in Mumbai. A scene of extreme and sharp action starts around 5am, when vividly clad Koli fisher folk sort the catch emptied from fishing vessels at the quay, and carries on for the duration of the morning.

Gaggles of sari-sheathed ladies strip pink prawns as robbery decided crows dive in and out. Fishmongers barrel however disposed of heaps of shells, drying bombil (fish utilized for Bombay duck) and disposed of fish bits with gigantic trucks of catch, all against a realistic background of wooden fishing vessels. Heaps of pomfret, blue crabs, rawas (white salmon), tambusa (Indian red snapper), fish, cuttlefish and sting beams are sold – 20 tons for every day – frequently in warmed trades of business and brotherhood. Some state photography is disallowed, others dissent (we had no issues shooting endlessly and the entire thing is a picture taker’s fantasy).

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