Fisherman, Chank Fishing, Pearl Fishing

Minimum ? No entry barrier

Not required

The tasks a Man Duck is expected to perform include:Assisting Pearls and Chank Divers in various diving operations connected with pearl and chank fishing

Rowing boats to distant places in the sea

Releasing the rope held by the diver into the sea Hauling the rope to the surface when the diver reaches seabed and releases it

Enabling the diver to reach the boat, if he gets separated, by throwing the rope to him by hand

Receiving pearl oysters or chanks gathered by divers and depositing them in baskets

Fishing in deep sea or inland waters using different types of nets and tackles, if required

Knowledge of fishing methods and techniques Proficient in rowing and steering a boat

Familiar with different boat types, their operation and maintenance Knowledge of different marine life species and their habitat Proficient in reading weather forecast Familiar with navigational and communication equipment Familiar with the preservation requirement of captured marine life

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 between10-12 hours daily, depending on the weather conditions Overtime maybe involved

Shift system is not available 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 - INR 90 to INR 340 per day(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Fisheries Industry in India

The country 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 pearls and chanks in the Indian market indicate the creation of more job vacancies for workers like Man Ducks and Pearl/Chank Divers.

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,