The New York Times’ photography blog documents the life of fishermen facing environmental and other dangers on Southern India’s coasts in a project by photographer Selvaprakash Lakshmanan for the Fojo Institute’s Coastal Management program.

“Since most of India’s massive population lives in inland cities, the coastal areas he’s investigating are typically underreported and overlooked,” writes The NY Times. “It is Mr. Lakshmanan’s mission to bring awareness of what’s going on in those areas. He has seen the effects of coal-fueled, thermal power plants spewing fly ash into the ocean. And salt mines that raise the salinity of the soil, destroying mangrove forests, which leads to further erosion. In addition, he said, ‘human waste and urban sewage systems go directly into the sea.’”

See the entire gallery here.