Nagapattinam, Apr 14 UNI | 4 months ago

The 45-day annual ban on fishing will come into effect from midnight today, according to official sources.

The sources said as mandated by the Tamil Nadu Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, 1983, the ban will be enforced for 'conservation of species propagation' during the breeding season. The ban will end in the midnight of May 29. About 5,262 mechanised boats across the 13 coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry will keep off sea during the period. Any violation will attract a penalty under Section 5 of the Tamil Nadu Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, 1983, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the row between the fishing villages of Akkarapettai fishermen hamlet and Nambiyar Nagar over the landing of boats with fish caught using purse seine nets was resolved for the timg being. Akkarapettai, as the head of fishing village, lifted the ban.

Notably, early last week, Akkarapettai banned the landing of fishing boats with purse seine nets and catch in Nagapattinam harbour, arguing that indiscriminate fishing affected the fishing economy and brought the prices down.

The boats were asked to land in their respective fishing villages to ensure that there was no dumping of catch in the harbour. The move also followed the bilateral talks between fisherfolk of India and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan fishermen condemned the use of banned nets by their Indian counterparts, according to Akkarapettai panchayatdhar head Thiruvaraiselvan.

(Posted on 14-04-2014)