Govt. said to tackle “pair trawling”
As the annual trawling ban comes to an end on Sunday evening, the Kerala Swatantra Federation Matsya Thozhilali has called for urgent action to tackle the destructive practice of ‘pair trawling’.
Traditional fishermen are concerned that large trawlers are likely to use “pair trawling” to harvest juvenile fish that are now seen in abundance in the sea, state chairman Jackson Pollayil said.
Patrols should be reinforced in ports and at sea to seize the nets used for this practice which is catastrophic for several species of fish, he said. The practice, which uses two boats and a large net to sweep the sea, traps huge amounts of young pelagic fish, according to the federation.
After a long break, schools of young mackerel, sardines and other fish are reported in the sea. But once trawlers come out after the ban, they are likely to catch them using banned nets, which could have an impact on the livelihoods of traditional fishermen, said Pollayil.
If action is not taken, the federation will be forced to launch agitations, including blocking trawlers at sea, the federation said in a statement.
The federation has urged the government to extend the trawling ban to 90 days from next year and not issue new licenses to fishing vessels.