There is a steady decline in fish catches in Goa
It’s official: there’s been a steady decline in fish catches in Goa
The Union fisheries minister said the drop was ‘not substantial’ but his own figures confirm it is a steady drop; The Minister reiterates that the use of LED lights for fishing is prohibited
PANJIM Union Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala in his written response told Rajya Sabha MP Luizinho Faleiro that there was “no substantial decrease fish catch” over the last five years 2016-17 to 2020-21.
However, published figures show a steady decline in fish landings and production and even a very slight increase in 20021-22 compared to the previous year. But the takeaways are clear.
There are fewer and fewer fish being caught in the waters of Goa. From 2017 to 2022, there was a deficit of 8,000 tonnes.
In a starless question, Rajya Sabha member Luizinho Faleiro asked if the government is aware that traditional fishermen in Goa are going through hard times due to depleted fish stocks; if the massive illegal trawling with LED lights removes the fish even during the spawning period and if the coastal police do not even have a single working boat to hunt the trawlers and implement the ban on illegal fishing ?
Asked about LED fishing taking away the fish even during the spawning period, Minister Rupala replied that the Union government had advised coastal states to ban destructive fishing methods. He said the use of LED lights for fishing was also prohibited, but did not say whether there was illegal fishing.