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Issue No:79
  • :0973–1121
  • :August
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.79, August 2018


A Fishers’ Forecaster

Action research by the University of Sussex is bringing fishermen and scientists together to track wind, and waves and save lives

This article is by Max Martin (, a research fellow engaged in field work in Thiruvananthapuram, India as part of a Sussex Sustainability Research Programme study aimed at better risk communication for local fishers

Seen from the air, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala state in south India, looks like a magic carpet – a long strip of golden sand separating a vast green canopy of coconut palms and the turquoise shimmer of the Arabian Sea. These sandy shores are home to the largest concentration of artisanal marine fishers in this part of the world – 42 villages spread along a 48-mile coastline. Many of these fishers are poor.

Marine fishing in the tropical seas off Thiruvananthapuram (8° 31' N 76° 56' E) is an adventurous affair, especially during the monsoon season that begins on 1 June and lasts till September. During these months, fishers brave high waves, buffeting winds, swift ocean currents, thunderstorms and low visibility, but even today, they have no easy access to regular marine weather forecasts.

The research here by the University of Sussex...

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