Mangaluru: Fishing season in coastal Karnataka to begin on September 1

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 30: Leaders in the fishing industry who met here on Wednesday July 29, took an important decision to put off the start of the new fishing season this time by a month. This decision was taken in view of shortage of manpower and also hassles encountered in sticking to the rules relating to maintaining social distance.

As per government rules, fishing season is allowed to start on August 1. A meeting held at the old port and attended by representatives of Mangaluru Trawl Boat Fishermen's Association, Purse Seine Fishermen's Association, Fresh Fish Traders Association, Seafood Buyers Association, Dry Fish Merchants Union, Rani Meenu Processors and office bearers of various organisations participated.

The meeting discussed about the need to quarantine fishermen coming in from other states. The leaders decided to hold discussions again on various issues with the district in-charge minister and deputy commissioner before taking further steps. The meeting noted that a total of 1,200 boats employing thousands of workers function from the port here and 75 percent of the workforce comes from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and other states. Most of the workers in ice plants and fish mills too are from other states. Most of these workers have returned to their hometowns and even if they return, they will face problems including quarantine. Therefore, it was decided to postpone the fishing season by a month.

President of Mangaluru Trawl Boat Fishermen's Association, Nithin Kumar, said that the meeting of fishermen leaders held on Wednesday discussed about the steps needed to be taken to maintain social distance at the fishing dock in the city. As the fishermen leaders felt that it is difficult to begin fishing activity on August 1, it was postponed by a month, he stated.

President of Mangaluru Purse Seine Boat Fishermen's Association, Mohan Bengre, explained that coronavirus has created a huge problem for the fishing industry. He noted that diesel price has gone up. There is also problem with the export. Therefore, the start of the fishing season has been postponed, he stated.

The leaders also noted that huge quantity of fish gets exported to different countries including China. But because of coronavirus and other issues, exports have stopped now. If there is no provision for exports, the fishermen will face huge losses, it was felt.




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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Happy Fishing but please wear a Life Jacket ...

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  • Roshan Kumar, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    We talk about no job opportunity in Mangalore, there are so many jobs that are taken by other state and district natives. Time for Mangaloreans to stop being choosy. work hard and grab opportunities.

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Somebody advised to sell pakoda if you don't have a job. Your comment is just like that. You want educated people to join fishing industry.

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  • Roshan Kumar, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Where in my comment did you see me asking educated people of our district to take up this job. ?

    There are lot of uneducated people in our district too who go to Dubai, Bangalore , Mumbai in search of jobs.

    I am talking about them. Rather than migrating to different cities might as well stay in their native.

    Pay might be less, but atleast you have the comfort of staying in your native.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020


    In that respect, you are right. But, many of the uneducated or unskilled people in our districts are able to get enough money by doing politics, stealing , gambling and cheating and if they had worked like north Indian workers, things would have been different and there was no need for people from outside. Also, the fish industry work is seasonal.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    A professor gives tuition to graduate/postgraduate students and not to KG students. Same thing with our educated boys and girls of DK and Udipi. With girls so educated in our districts, if I put my son to load/unload fishes, I will never get a daughter-in-law.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru38

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Why the people are in Hurry ! The dead fish handling by these people is more dangerous than the CORONA and to keep the fish fresh they put some chemical on it which causes several disease to the humans. Once again the HOSPITALS are gain from this kind of HUMAN sel-fish-ness !!!

    Politicians are hand in gloves to operate the FISHING SEASON including the SAND mining.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    It's good decision in the current circumstances and more importantly there is some hope for the growth of fish population resulting good harvest later.

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