TN govt to continue raids against fishermen using banned trawl nets

by IANS |

Chennai, Jan 23 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu fisheries department will book fishermen and boat owners who use pair trawling nets under the Tamil Nadu Marine Fish Regulations Act.

The fishermen at Rameswaram have been demanding stringent action against boat owners and fishers who are using pair trawling nets which they say are eroding the sea wealth.

The fisheries department aided by the local police commenced the crackdown and on Sunday 48 fishing boats were booked for using pair trawling nets. Four tonnes of fish were seized from the fishermen during the search operation.

The pair trawling fishing nets are banned in the country, but the traditional fishermen have been conducting protests in Rameswaram and other coastal towns of Tamil Nadu that the practice was rampant among the mechanized fishing boats.

R. Arumukhan, a traditional fishermen association leader in Rameswaram told IANS, "More than 250 mechanized boats are using pair trawl nets on a daily basis here. This means two boats or a single pair of boats occupy around 180- 200 m of sea area while trawling and this has led to a depletion of squid and crab in the area.

"Traditional fishermen like us are not able to fish in the waters. Also, the government has banned this practice and after a series of protests and complaints by us, the fisheries department has finally commenced a crackdown."

The fisheries department, according to sources, will continue the crackdown on pair trawlers in Rameswaram and other coastal towns. The department is planning a massive awareness campaign across the state against this practice of fishing.

Latest News
Agriculture, irrigation get lion's share in Telangana Budget Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 04:53 PM
If the pitch is going to turn, then I would look for the better keeper: Shastri on Bharat-Ishan toss-up Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 04:48 PM
India's share in global oil demand expected to rise to 11%, gas to 500%: PM Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 04:43 PM
China coerces Uyghurs in Turkey to spy on each other Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 04:37 PM
SC agrees to examine same-sex couple plea against Kerala HC order directing counselling sessions Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 04:36 PM
Kerala woman threatens to bomb B'luru airport, arrested Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:59 PM
Capital amounting Rs 2,76,043 crore infused in PSBs since FY2017-18 Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:57 PM
'Collegium has taken cognizance', SC on plea against Victoria Gowri's appointment as Madras HC judge Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:50 PM
SRI-Bangalore engineers contribute to key innovations in Samsung Galaxy S23 series Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:46 PM
SpaceX may attempt Starship orbital test flight in March Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:37 PM
Cambodia dispatches new batch of UN peacekeepers to Lebanon Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:30 PM
Congress legislators protest in Kerala assembly against fuel cess Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:27 PM
Aus state launches night aviation patrols for fire-risk period in summer Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:24 PM
RSS leader defends Mohan Bhagwat's comment Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:13 PM
'I want to set benchmarks like Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu in my sport': Windsurfer Katya Coelho Mon, Feb 06, 2023, 03:10 PM