The State government has reduced the duration of the ban on fishing by mechanised trawlers and canoes fitted with outboard motors during monsoon to 61 days following pleas from associations of fishing trawlers and mechanised boats.

The State Budget proposed to increase the duration of the ban from 45 days to 75 days and traditional fishing communities had welcomed the decision.

Compensation

The government has also decided to provide Rs. 10,000 as compensation to trawler owners and Rs. 20,000 to canoes with outboard motor during the period.

Dealing with outsiders

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the government would strictly deal with outside trawlers, such as those from Karwar, with the help of agencies such as the Coast Guard.

Local fishing vessels could seek the help of Coastal Police, he said.

While the earlier plan was to have the ban between June 15 and July 31, it will now be in force between June 1 and July 31.

The community of fishermen has been demanding extension of the ban as fish catch had come down in recent days due to trawling.


  • The State Budget proposed to increase the duration of the ban from 45 days to 75 days

  • Associations of fishing trawlers and mechanised boats opposed the proposal


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