Mumbai is killing the fishing villages that made it Mumbai

June 23, 2018. Diya Koli/ Aditya Raghavan

The lack of sustainable fishing practices, along with pollution, has far-reaching implications for the future of seafood consumption, the health of the ocean and the livelihood of fisherfolk in Mumbai and beyond.

In order to fillet the shingala, or the thinspine sea catfish, you need to glide the knife past its bulbous rib cage to the firm lower backbone and then come around again, gently cutting away at the flesh to disengage the bones. For the long and svelte karli, or wolfherring, one has to carefully remove the pin bones with special tweezers. These are some of the skills that come in handy after a day spent acquiring fresh catch from one of Mumbai’s over 30 fishing villages.

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