Request for postponement of the fishing ban to the end of the year – The New Indian Express
Express press service
THOOTHUKUDI: Fishermen in the district have asked the state government to postpone the 61-day fishing ban to November-December, citing the northeast monsoon resulting in the loss of fishermen’s lives.
The state government issued a 61-day fishing ban by mechanized vessels starting April 15 in order to support fish farming. Following the ban, at least 12,000 mechanized vessels are said to be ashore in Tamil Nadu.
The coastal district with 150 km long coast has three mechanized fishing piers. While the fishing ports of Thoothukudi and Vembar have 240 and 36 mechanized vessels attached to trawlers, the fishing port of Tharuvaikulam has 220 mechanized gillnet vessels. More than 496 mechanized boats are said to be ashore as of April 15. Country boats are not prohibited from fishing because they fish close to the shore, that is, within 12 nautical miles.
The founding chairman of the Puthiya Tamilagam party, Dr K Krishnasamy, also urged the state to extend the blackout period to November-December.
“The sea remains calm in April-May. The fishermen could engage in quick fishing. It is a double whammy for the state to provide compensation during the fishing ban from April to May, and to rushing to help struggling fishermen in the open sea during tough times November and December weather conditions, “said the former Ottapidaram constituency MP.
Co-director Amal Xavier said fishing vessels would return ashore until April 14 at night to finish fishing. The fishing ban is being invoked along the east coast of the state to increase fishery resources as April and May are the breeding season. During the blackout period, at least 15,000 fishermen with membership cards in the district would receive aid of 5,000 each to meet their needs, he added.
A senior official from the Central Institute for Marine Fisheries Research (CMFRI) told TNIE that the majority of fish spawn in April and May. “Even though some fish breed during the rainy season, most fish breed during the summer season. Fishing ban is essential to protect gravid females and juveniles in order to maintain the fish population in the sea.” , she said.
Fishermen noted: “Fishermen in Kerala catch fish where we fish while we are away. In Kerala, the no-fishing period is in June and July. The disastrous cyclones of Ockhi, Gaja and Buveri have hit hard. fishermen during the northeast monsoon. Safety of fishermen should be paramount. “
The president of the Thoothukudi Mechanized Shipowners Association, Xavier Vaz, also agreed with fishermen in the district on changing the blackout period. âThe state government ignored the views of experienced fishermen when implementing the central government suggested fishing ban. Regarding the safety of fishermen and vessels, it is best to d ‘ban fishing in November and December,’ he said. .
Another CMFRI official said the issue was under discussion as it was a long-standing issue. The fishing ban is an approach whose ambition is to restore fishing, he added.