Mostly Christians, Goan fishermen live close to the beach. Their nets and boats are often to be seen immediately outside their huts. Although these people owe their living to the sea. It is not uncommon for a fisherman to own a coconut grove as well. Fishing takes place over night and, on their return in the morning, the catch is sorted and sold.
The fishermen’s accommodation is pretty basic, as theirs is very much an outdoor life, and the mud-walled and thatched hut consists of merely one room. In common with some of the other Goan communities, the fishermen will often affix coconut leaf matting known as ” Jod Mallayo ” to cover the outside walls, in order to provide protection from heavy downpours.