The trawl vessels introduced by the Indo-Norwegian project were small, and fishers were not yet accustomed to the technology, but they were lucky: the fishing grounds of Kerala (previously Travancore) contained very rich shrimp fishing grounds, and the export market for shrimp was opening. This photograph displays one of the first local fishers to invest in a trawl vessel. The photographer emphasises his entrepreneurial spirit.
Source: Klausen, Arne Martin (1968) Kerala Fishermen and the Indo-Norwegian Pilot Project. Oslo/London: Norwegian University Press/Allen & Unwin. Photograph probably dated 1960/61.