7 piers, 28 ramps, beaches designated as ‘landing areas’
The state government, which recently faced resistance over its decision to regulate and derive revenue from activity on fishing jetties, has “notified” seven jetties for landing catches. fish by mechanized boats (trawlers).
In the same notification issued by Director of Fisheries, Dr Shamila Monteiro, the government has also listed up to 28 boat ramps and all beaches in the state as “fish landing sites” open for community use. Goan traditional ramponkar.
The seven piers notified for use by mechanized ships are: Chapora, Malim, Cortalim, Khariwadda, Cutbona and Talpona.
Fish landing ramps for traditional fishermen and fishing canoes are one (Keri) at Pernem, 10 at Bardez, five at Tiswadi, five at Ponda, one at Mormugao, four at Salcete and two at Canacona.
All beaches can also be used as fish landing sites by traditional ramponkars using canoes.
For the first time this year, the state government has made it mandatory for traders to register with the department to continue conducting business at designated fish landing jetties. A registration fee of Rs 1-lakh was also imposed.
This decision had provoked a strong reaction from the fishermen’s cooperatives operating the various fishing jetties.
Fisheries Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar had taken the initiative to impose the regulation after accusing the management committee of the Mandovi Fishermen Marketing Co-op Society Ltd, which manages the Malin jetty, of arrogance following complaints from two trawler owners that their catches have rotted because traders have refused to buy their fish.