TN fishermen are abducted by AP fishermen-Jaya

Union Minister for Home Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said a mechanism would be evolved by all the coastal States to regulate fishing activities in close coordination with the Coast Guard.

Delivering the inaugural address at the meeting of Southern Zonal Council comprising Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry here, Mr. Shinde said such a regulation was critical, requiring attention from the national security point of view.

During the course of the meeting, Tamil Nadu raised the issue of its fishermen being abducted by their Andhra Pradesh counterparts.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, whose speech was read out by the State’s Finance Minister O. Pannerselvam, said their fishermen in deep seas off Andhra Pradesh coast were abducted by that State’s fishermen and released after alleged payment of ransom.

Also, Tamil Nadu boats that are anchored or idling in the waters during inclement weather or cyclones are held by Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, Kanyakumari district’s fishermen are harassed by fishermen in Kerala.

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar expressed concern over the large number of mechanised fishing vessels, especially the trawlers that have been using very high powered engines for their boats, which is against the recommendations of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi.