Fishing activities to begin across coastal districts from today

Source: DHNS | Published on 1st August 2022, 12:36 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: With the 61-day fishing ban ending on Sunday, fishing activities will begin across the coastal districts from Monday (August 1). 

The fishermen have readied the fishing boats and nets for venturing into the sea and are hoping for a good catch during the season.

Ice plants will also start functioning to their full capacity with the commencement of the fishing season.

The fisheries harbour at the Old Port in Mangaluru was buzzing with activities as fishermen and labourers went around preparing nets and fishing boats and getting them ready for deep sea fishing.

As monsoon is the breeding season for fish, the government had banned fishing between June 1 and July 31, under the Karnataka Coastal Fishing (Regulation) Act, 1986. The ban is to facilitate the breeding of fish.

Labourers from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand who work in these boats sailing for deep sea fishing, have returned to Mangaluru from their natives after the holiday.

There are around 1,400 fishing boats in Mangaluru harbour.

A fishing boat requires 6,500 litres of diesel while going on a deep sea expedition.

Owing to the Asani cyclone in the month of May, a majority of the fishing boats had remained anchored at the Old Port in Mangaluru even before the ban on fishing came into effect.

Further, the traditional fishermen, owing to inclement weather in June and July could not venture into the sea for fishing during the ban period. 

The fish catch during 2021-22 was 2,91,812 tonne worth Rs 3,801.60 crore. The fish catch during 2020-21 was 1,39,714.04 tonne worth Rs 1,924.50 crore, while in 2019-20, it was 1,79,944 tonne worth Rs 2,031.38 crore and it was 1,59,852 tonne worth Rs 1,716.92 crore during 2018-19, according to statistics from the fisheries department.

Malpe Deep Sea Boat Owners’ Association president Subhash Mendon said, “Though the fishing season begins from August 1, the diesel passbooks for availing subsidised diesel are yet to be issued. The passbooks should be issued at least 15 days in advance for the benefit of the fishermen.” 

Malpe Fishermen Association president Dayananda K Suvarna has urged the government to remove the silt at the Malpe port and take steps for the expansion of the port. 

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