Goa: Tauktae forces trawler owners to drop anchor during fishing season | Goa News
Some trawler owners have said the sand bar at the mouth of the Sal and Arabian Seas at Betul is also hampering their fishing activity.
COLVA: The 61-day fishing ban is a week away, but about 70% of trawler owners have called it a day and have stopped operations, said Cutbona’s boat owner development company Savio D ‘Silva.
The season, according to D’Silva, was satisfactory until December 2020, but with the new year it was uncertain as cases of Covid started to increase, the sea developed a depression, Cyclone Tauktae and another cyclone. Yaas are now preparing in the Bay of Bengal, which will naturally have an effect in the Arabian Sea.
Last year, due to the nationwide lockdown announced in March, there was a mass exodus of workers who wanted to go to their home towns. However, the trawler owners who managed to keep their flock together then ventured out into the sea and sold their catch directly to the villagers as the markets were closed and the fish transported out of the way. State was prohibited.
Another trawler owner said overall it has been a bad season for them due to the uncertainty. “Even before the announcement of the lockdown in the state on May 9, there was a feud between the market entrepreneur and the fish importers, and we were caught in the crossfire, but we managed to keep going because it is our business. ”
D’Silva said some of the trawler owners ventured into the sea in an attempt to take advantage of the few days remaining so they could recoup the costs they spent on recruiting their staff.
Although the fishing ban was lifted at midnight on July 31 last year, along Goa’s 105 km coastline, large numbers of trawlers affecting nearly 1,500 were unable to venture into the sea because the workforce did not return to work even after the lockdown. was lifted.
Hamilton Fernandes, another trawler owner, said they have to arrange plane tickets and send buses from Goa to Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and other states to get their people. “I haven’t folded operations yet, but times are tough. Since the wholesale market closed our sales have plummeted, then the coronavirus hit again and then due to the cyclone we did not venture into the sea, ”he said.
He said that another feature that hinders their fishing activity is the sand bar at the mouth of Sal and the Arabian Sea at Betul. “We have to waste almost 12 hours coming to the jetty with the plug or venturing into the sea because the sand bar does not allow navigation at low tide, the government was supposed to build a training wall, but this has also been suspended for almost three years now and these are obstacles that prevent the fishery from being lucrative, ”he said.