Coronavirus scare, non-availability of labourers - Fishing in Udupi facing uncertain future


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (MS)

Udupi, Aug 2: Fishing season has started in the district from August 1. Though mechanised boats are allowed to go for fishing, fishermen are not venturing into the sea. The scare of coronavirus pandemic and non-availability of labourers has put the fishing trade once again in trouble and uncertain future.

There are more than 1,700 mechanised boats operating from the Malpe fishing port. Thousands of people, including labourers from outstation districts and states, are dependent on this business for their livelihood.


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Once the fishing gets into full gear, export of fish to outstation states will begin. However, the fishermen are scared that the whole fishing port might be sealed if the fishermen or the labourers working in the industry get coronavirus infection. So the fishermen, who are already in financial distress, do not want to take more risk, according to the leaders of the fishing federation.

Krishna Suvarna, president of Malpe fishermen's association said, "We will shortly hold meeting with minister for fisheries, MLAs and DC with respect to starting of mechanised boat fishing. Leaders of various fishing federations will also discuss on this matter and take a final decision.

"Fishing industry is facing serious problems since the past two years. Boat owners are facing the uphill task of repaying the loans as they do not have the income now during the lockdown period. Industries that are dependent on fisheries are under loss. Most of the outstation labourers have gone back to their native places as there is no work here. This year the fishing industry has not worked properly at all," lamented Krishna Survarna.

He also expressed his helplessness and said that the fishermen are under confusion whether to venture into the sea though the season for mechanized fishing boats has already begun. He also said that they are not getting expected help from the government.

 

 

  

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 3 2020

    There is no need for fear. It has been observed that people who labourer,
    Muncipal garbage collectors, get no COVID because their immunity is strong.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Coastal belt of Karnataka, relish sea food... many cannot even imagine having meals, without fish/fry, curry... Prices of fresh fishes, have touched astronomical levels.. The return of migrant laborers is uncertain. This is a disaster for the fishing community !!

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    That was been my impression instead of elect Mr raghpathi bhat Mr pramod.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Mangaloreans were never Lazy ...

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  • Polinami, Bajpe

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Generally Sons of soil are lazy and involve in Dadagiri. They become efficient and hardworking when they are outstation bound or overseas! This is true for Mangaloreans also.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    I think they should not fear. Economy has restarted. Locally good demand for fresh fish. They should immediately start from using locally available people.. for example gulf returnees. Advertising in newspapers, they will get people.

    But during unloading, they should follow queue systems. Should not overcrowd at malpe area. Social distancing is a must.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    sri_elder, Karkala
    Gulf Returnees will not work as Laborers ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    as if they do not eat fish😊

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    But it is better than working for Rs.800 per day as slaves, without any security and respect, leaving your aged parents on bhagwan barose.

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  • Guru, Mulki

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Wait for some days. Then you may see them selling fish at roadside.

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  • Shamsuddin, Dubai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    They all switched sides and voted for BJP thinking they would get extra help. But as usual only bhashans...Now they are up the creek without a paddle.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Do you know , they get diesel subsidy , catch fish and make profits.
    I don't know how workers are paid there?
    But those boat owners definitely make good profits.
    During lockdown central government released 35crores of diesel subsidies they just credited to owners bank accounts..
    You will definitely consider owning some boats if you look at profits..

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    NRC working in reverse Mode.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    North Indians have all gone home & will never come back again ...

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  • Roshan, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Most fisherman who work in Malpe boats are native of Uttara Kannada and specifically from Bhatkal area.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Wrong. A surprising 90% are migrants.

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  • Ash, Paris

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Time for mangaloreans to become atmanirbhar

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  • Roshan, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Mr Rebello, read this article.
    https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/mechanised-boat-operations-hit-by-shortage-of-workers/article31585867.ece

    The mechanised fishing boats are mostly dependent on workers from Uttara Kannada district and other States.

    “Nearly 70 % of workers on deep sea trawlers are from Uttara Kannada district. They have gone back and are unlikely to return because of COVID-19 pandemic. As many as 270 workers from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also have returned to their States,” he said.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Covid19 has created job for locals 😀

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