Mangaluru: Uncertainty looms over fast approaching fishing season


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 28: As per the government norms, the fishing holiday comes to an end on July 31. But whether the new fishing season will begin during the first week of August as in the past is a million dollar question that has no answer as yet.

There are about 1,200 boats in the fishing dock in the city and 1,800 more at Malpe. They include purse seine and trawl boats. As much as 90 per cent of people working on these boats are from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Odisha. Only a small percentage of the workforce is made of locals.

The workers had returned to their hometowns during the lockdown. Even if they return now, they need to be in quarantine for 14 days before they can start working. It is not easy to bring back about 4,000 workers from other states and meet their expenses during the quarantine period.

Everyone knows and the fishermen leaders themselves confess that once the fishing business begins, maintaining social distance becomes impossible. People come in droves, and the crowd is too huge to manage. If the fishing port area is sealed down after the fishing season begins, boat owners and workers will face heavy losses.

A meeting of various fisheries organizations has been convened in the city to discuss the challenges faced in beginning the new fishing season on July 29. Trawler boats and purse seine boat owners, fresh fish dealers, fish exporting companies, fish mill representatives etc will participate.

Mangalore Trawl Boat Fishermen's Association president Nithin Kumar said that after the meeting, discussions will be held with the fisheries minister and district administration before arriving at a decision.

 

  

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Locals will refuse to do hard labor, the owners of these majestic ocean going trawlers have to inevitably depend on migrants from other impoverished states !!! Likewise we observe this same sequence, reflecting in the middle east nations !!!

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  • Deshvasi, Bharat

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Pradhan Sevak of India...all time uttering these (useless & failed) words from 2014...ATMA-NIRBHAR, MAKE-IN-INDIA. THAT MEANS...ALL TRADITIONAL WORKERS MUST WORK AS PER THEIR ROUTINE JOB. FOR EXAMPLE, LOCAL FISHERMEN MUST WORK VERY HARD IN FISHING JOB ONLY. DO NOT DEPEND ON OTHER STATES WORKERS.

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Let this year they catch only in a small scale for the local consumption. No need to export to other states or countries. Let the population of the fish grow so that in the coming years we have abundant fish available to catch

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Pinto Sir, local fishermen do the fishing almost every day..... But, the rates are too high. Now, the fish which is in the sea....bangude, bhutay, aanjal, pomfret, thaate, kaane, suadi, erabbay etc etc all are lucky. Let them do rain dance happily... Let them swim freely, independently... Let them multiply. Corona gave them right of living.... 💃💃💃

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    In Mumbai too there are no signs of "Bhaiya's" Returning ...

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    You must be missing your neighbors

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Prabhu, Karkala
    My Dhobi, Iron man, Milk man & Car washing man & Watchman are still Missing ...

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Missing the colleagues, Nostalgia

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Jossey Sir, as such people can't go out to gym, walk etc... dear corona taught us how to keep fit by doing all our work independently..... Exercises at home with our day to day work.... Corona really taught so many lessons/ so many healthy tips.... 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  • Arun, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Only bhai's remaining in Mumbai?

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 28 2020

    At least fish should breath for sometime. Humans can survive without the Fish.

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  • Yashwanth, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 28 2020

    Owners know only to rake in huge profits and make merry... No humanity left nowadays... They should understand the present pandemic situation which has come after many decades and offer their filled up coffers to workers who actually work for such owners and take care of them during the quarantine days...

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