Chank Fishing,Pearl


Minimum ? No entry barrier

Will be updated

The tasks a Rock Pilot is expected to perform include:Leading Pearl and Chank Divers to the sea

Pointing out the most suitable areas for chank and pearl fishing

Spotting the location by knowledge, experience, state of rock formation, etc. Accompanying Sea Divers and Fishermen to seas or to inland waters in boats and other vessels

Knowledge of relevant chank sites and fishing areas

Skilled in navigating and directing the fishing party to the appropriate diving site

Knowledge of various seas and inland water bodies

Efficient in maintaining safety standards and precautions at the vessel

Knowledge of the latest diving equipment and navigation techniques

Basic knowledge of vessel repair Ability to swim

Not required

Physically fit and strong Ability to work in a team

Hardworking and persistent



Attentive Patient

It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable for this profile

Need not handle a team

Part-time and contractual jobs maybe available Local travelling is required

Working hours

Working hours are between 10-12 hours, depending on the weather conditions Overtime maybe involved

Shift system is not involved Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous Health risks include exposure to uncertain and harsh weather conditions, poisonous gases released by stale fish, etc.Occupational hazards include accidents like drowning, injury to body while handling tools or equipment

For daily wage workers - INR90 to INR340 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Fisheries Industry in India

India has vast potential for fisheries in view of our long coastline of about 8,118 km apart from the inland water resources. As per the estimates of CSO, the value of output from fisheries sector at current price was about ?91,541 crore during 2012- 13 which is about 4.36% of the value of agricultural and allied sector output at current price. India is the second largest producer of fish and the second largest producer of fresh water fish in the world.

Chank Industry in India

The demand for chanks from the bangle industry in West Bengal has persisted at about 25 million chanks per year from the early part of this century to the present. The present supplies, which meet only about 40% of the demand, come mainly from the Gulf of Mannar. The growing demand for chank and pearls has led to a demand for more workers like Man Duck and Rock Pilots.

Pearl Divers Chank Divers


All coastal cities in India

National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India,P. Box No. 1801, Cochin - 682 016, Kerala,

Fishery Survey of India, Botawala Chambers, Sir P.M. Road, Fort, Mumbai ? 400001,

Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, CIFT Junction, Willingdon Island, Matsyapuri P.O., Cochin-682 029, Kerala, Tel: 0484-2412300, Fax: 091-484-2668212,