Mangaluru: Relaxation in lockdown norms - No relief for mechanised fishing

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 11: Even though lockdown norms have been eased and industrial as well as financial activities are set to gain momentum again, deep sea fishing is in limbo. The worry among the fisherfolk stems from the fact that this fishing season will come to an end on May 31 and they can resume fishing only after a gap of two months since then.

The district administrations have not given their nod for mechanised fishing. At the same time, the workers have returned to their homes. Therefore the sector is facing a grave problem on account of dearth of workers.

After about 5,000 migrant workers from various states left by buses and trains, the fishing sector like many others, is facing shortage of workers. The remaining workers, numbering about 500, who are found at Bunder area also are preparing to go back home. Therefore this fishing season will be marked by the absence of workers.

The deep sea fishing boats undertake eight to ten days fishing trips. The fishermen have therefore approached the district administration with a request to permit mechanized boats which undertake fishing trips of single day duration. Once the permission is received, about 150 boats may take to waters with the support of people from Ullal and Bengre areas.

Another big question mark staring the fishermen in the eye is the requirement to maintain social distancing. Fishing docks everywhere are known as crowded, noisy places where maintaining any kind of discipline or rule is next to impossible, the fishing community points out.

Deputy director of fisheries of Dakshina Kannada district Harish Kumar, said that chances of permitting deep sea fishing are remote as the district is in orange zone. Fishermen leader Nitin Kumar, feels that some sort of fishing activity can be undertaken even if single day fishing boats are allowed to function now.




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  • Edward Maben, Kudla

    Mon, May 11 2020

    As much as i love fish and miss eating fish, i guess it is good in a way that fishing is stored for a while. I am not at all against the fishermen community. They are one of the most hard working people. But on the other side looking at the biggest picture, the govt has forgiven all they loans. Secondly there has always been over fishing which has caused the depletion of fish quantity in the sea. And then the localities are denied quality fish because the premium catch is sold out to the exporters. At this hard times when a lot of people are without jobs, fish are a ridiculously expensive for. Meant only for the rich.

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  • Chandra, Surathkal

    Mon, May 11 2020

    Noisy place and no discipline.? We can do anything when there is no option left. Leaders take responsibility and tell district administration that you guys will take care of the situation and keep up your words... Then God willing district administration will give relaxation for fishing

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  • Joseph, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 11 2020

    The authorities should give permission for more fishing activities in the district. The price of fish has escalated which is causing great hardship to the common man. In addition the fisherfolk are under great stress and financial strain. So, urgent measures need to be taken by the authorities to stabilise the situation.

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  • Narayan, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 11 2020

    Fish has become very expensive

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 11 2020

    Why should we bother ...

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