Fishermen of Ramanathapuram dist resume work after 2-week long strike
Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Jul 14 : The fishermen of coastal district of Ramanathapuram, who use mechanised boat, resumed fishing operation nearly after a two-week-long strike, here today.
Official sources said about 6,000 fishermen ventured into the sea in 1,500 boats from Rameswaram, Pamban, Mandapam, Erwadi, Keezhakkarai and other fishing hamlets, this morning.
In Rameswaram alone-- one of the major marine food centres in South India--fishermen had set sail into the sea in 700 mechanised boats after getting tokens from state Fisheries Department office.
The fishermen of Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts went on strike on July 1 in protest against "poor prices fixed for marine catch, particularly prawns by the seafood companies." Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister K A Jayapal held talks with the representatives of the striking fishermen and seafood companies on July 10 at Chennai and promised to take steps to increase the procurement prices of export produce, particularly prawns, cuttle fish and crabs.
The fishermen called off their strike after the talks.
According to reports reaching here, the fishermen of Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts also began fishing activities today.