Chennai's fish sellers have been having a tough time - an oil spill has led to fears of contamination and a slump in sales, and protests last month on the beach nearby (against a ban on the traditional sport of bull taming) resulted in the burning down of one of the main fish markets ... apparently by the police. But this fish market at the beach end of Lloyds Road was going strong when I passed by.
There's a clear division of labour in fishing - I've noticed this in the Ghanaian port of Takoradi, and at the Zero Bridge market in Srinagar as well. Those who do the fishing are men ... those who sell the catch are women. I get the distinct impression that the women have the upper hand. Fish wives are formidable wherever in the world you find them!
But let's not forget the fishermen - I came across these guys at Elliot's beach, and enjoyed a great crab curry there.
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