Fishing operations using mechanised and motorised boats in the sea off the Prakasam coast will resume from Saturday after a 47-day ‘fishing holiday'. The closed season was observed every year to conserve fish and other marine resources during their breeding season.
As many as 39 mechanised and 1,846 motorised boats in the over 100-km. sea coast were brought to the shore and anchored in the 72 coastal villages in the wake of ban on fishing by mechanised trawlers from April 15.
However, over 2,000 non-motorised boats in the district were allowed to go for fishing as usual.
“The ban was enforced to prevent indiscriminate fishing in the breeding areas and to improve productivity in the overall interest of fishermen. The closed season facilitates development of brood stock,” explained Fisheries Assistant Director P.Shankar Rao while talking to The Hindu on Friday.
The Fisheries department had ensured distribution of 31 kg of rice to as many as 10,412 fishermen. An amount of Rs. 58.90 lakh was transferred to the Civil Supplies department for the purpose, he added.
Fishermen in the coastal mandals of Ongole, Kothapatnam, Chirala, Vetapalem, Chinnaganjam, Nagulapapadu, Tangutur, Singarayakonda, Ulavapadu, and Gudluru, had used the ban period to overhaul of the engines, mending fishing nets and carrying out other repairing and painting works.
“We expect to have a good season this year,” a group of fishermen led by Kothapatnam Palepalem former sarpanch Naidu Prabhu Prakash said gearing up for the new fishing season with lots of hopes.