Goa’s history with fish is perhaps most prominently on display in the ‘Fish Thali’ signs across the state. For the tourist, Goa is about its culinary history with fish. For the Goans themselves, in the last few years, fish has become synonymous with formalin- a chemical added to increase the shelf life of fish. For the fishing communities, Goa was where the resistance to liberalisation in the fisheries sector started in the 1970s. Goa’s relationship with the sea is a tenuous one: one that is dotted with both competition and conflict.
When the lockdown was announced on the 24th of March, Goa’s fishing sector came to a grinding halt: markets were closed, jetties had their gates closed, vendors were disallowed from selling fish. Using the journey of the migrant fishworker -someone who travels to Goa for ten months of the year and expends his labour on the mechanised boat- this talk will explore some of the aspects of Goa’s relationship with fishing. It doesn’t aim to be a historical account of the state, neither does it aim to know all the complexities of the sector. It is an attempt to tell a story of the journey of the migrant fishworker.
Siddharth Chakravarty is a researcher with The Research Collective, Delhi. His work engages with various aspects of fishing, both globally and nationally, and is primarily embedded in making sense of the class, caste/tribe and gendered dimensions of this sector.
He will be in conversation with Alok Hisarwala, lawyer and activist. Poster design by Pale Blue Dot Goa. Please DM for link.
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