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Meeting point between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Backwaters waterway channels, the town of Fort Cochin always lived from its fishing resources, which represent the principal activity of its inhabitants. Built on a peninsula along the tropical coast of Malabar, the city attracted, since centuries, many travelers, such as the Chinese of Kubilay Khan's court who bequeathed to the Keralese their square dipping net fishing technique. If this ancestral practice is still used today, the fishermen continue however to fish with their cast nets, while others prefer their canoes out on the open sea.