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Sassoon Dock

Smelly, noisy with thousands of fish for sale

Sassoon Dock is the main fish loading and trading area in South Mumbai. The Kolis or original inhabitants of Mumbai work here and I knew that they did not like their photos been taken.

Koli people are an ethnic Indian group native to Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana states. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koli_people

http://www.indiaprofile.com/lifestyle/kolis.htm

The salty whiff of the ocean sea air and the scent of fish greeted me from afar before I could see the Docks.

I’m glad that I got here this early watching where to walk on the wet slippery ground and trying to capture the atmosphere as best I could. Constant noise and this time not from vehicles horns but the traders bidding or calling out what they had to sell. Red snapper, tuna, octopus, baby sharks, cuttlefish, blue crabs and stingray are some of the fish sold here.

Currently about 1,500 trawlers bring in around 20 tonnes of fish every day.

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I’m glad that I got here this early watching where to walk on the wet slippery ground and trying to capture the atmosphere as best I could. Constant noise and this time not from vehicles horns but the traders bidding or calling out what they had to sell.

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Seeing the many women huddled around in a circle taking the prawn shells off the body. Big fingers were not needed for this delicate task.

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I’m glad I came early as when I was leaving around 9am, much of the activity I saw walking in had already finished.

What is the cat after?

What is the cat after?

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Walking back heard this noise and around the corner saw how the big blocks of ice were so quickly machine shaved and then shovelled into plastic crates.

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=sassoon+docks&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAovuwtOHZAhXFyrwKHcJiAggQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=734

On the airline flight to India I read about the Dock Art Project. I couldn’t obviously find it. (On my return found that I had passed the entrance that was hidden by the fish traders and that it had just closed 30 December.)

This is one of the outside murals painted just for the Dock Art Project.

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&biw=1536&bih=734&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=8o-hWv2dGMj08QX56pSgAg&q=Sasson+dock+art+projects&oq=Sasson+dock+art+projects&gs_l=psy-ab.12...3338.4679.0.8750.7.7.0.0.0.0.213.998.0j3j2.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..2.0.0....0.qXNhx52xPYE

Posted by bruceontour 01:42 Archived in India Tagged fishing market mumbai sassoon_docks Comments (0)

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