45-day Fishing ban
The 45-day ban on fishing will come into effect from midnight tonight.
The ban is enforced for conservation of species propagation during the breeding season.
The fishing vessels, which are having inboard machines, will not be allowed to venture into the sea during the period.
The fishermen will be provided with a subsistence allowance of Rs 4000 per families by the Fisheries Department during the 45-day ban period.
It will end on the midnight of May 29. Any violation of the ban will be penalized.
Nearly 21,000 families of all four regions of the Union Territory, Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, would be disbursed the amount.
Meanwhile, the National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) leader M Ilango demanded the disbursement of financial assistance to be disbursed within the first week of the ban period.
The fishermen are without jobs and their livelihood is affected. So timely assistance will help them sustain during the ban period, he said.
The NFF leader also said that financial assistance disbursed by the Tamil Nadu Government is Rs 2000 and this should be raised to Rs 4000.
The ban, which was in conformity with international practices, was first introduced by Kerala. Catamarans and small boats, which use nets with big gaps are exempted from the ban.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)