Karaikal fishermen charged with pair trawling, banned in Tamil Nadu waters – The New Indian Express
Express press service
NAGAPATTINAM: Angered by their persistent practice of pair trawling, the Akkaraipettai Delta Coastal Fishermen’s Panchayat has banned Karaikal fishermen from fishing in Tamil Nadu waters.
“All Karaikal boats, including mechanized trawlers and traditional motor boats, are now prohibited from fishing in Tamil Nadu waters. If anyone sees Karaikal boats fishing in Tamil Nadu waters , they are ordered to bring the boat back to their respective ports, either by cooperation or by This decision comes into effect immediately,” said S Mohandas, a representative of Akkaraipettai fishermen.
G Veeramuthu, another representative, said: “Our fishermen from Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai districts are also prohibited from fishing in the waters of Karaikal and Pondicherry. We will take strict measures against those who violate our decision. They can cross the waters of our districts but should not fish.”
Pair trawling is a practice considered destructive to marine resources. It is a practice where two trawlers ‘mate’ and use a common net to catch fish. A large amount of pair trawling can quickly deplete the resources of the sea and has been banned by Tamil Nadu and nationwide.
Akkaraipettai Fishing Village, which runs the 60 villages in Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Karaikal districts, has issued multiple warnings to Karaikal fishermen not to resort to this practice.
A Nagapattinam Fisheries Department official said: “Our officials recently booked 24 boats for pair trawling near the Palk Strait and seized a net. We plan to work with other law enforcement agencies like the Coast Guard and take tougher action.”
Mr Murugan, a representative of Arukatuthurai Fishermen, said: “The department can only act on four to six boats for every 100 boats that practice pair trawling. Other offenders receive alerts on walkie-talkies and s run away easily. The consequences will be devastating if the harmful practices continue.”