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Protests mar World Fisheries Day in Tuticorin

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Opposing notification: Members of fisherfolk community staging a demonstration in Tuticorin on Wednesday.
Opposing notification: Members of fisherfolk community staging a demonstration in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

Madurai Bureau

Celebrations mark the occasion in Kanyakumari district

Tuticorin: The World Fisheries Day celebration in the town on Wednesday was marred by protests by non-Governmental organisations against the proposed move by the Centre to legislate Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Notification.

In the morning, members of National Union of Fishermen, Women’s Collective and Democratic Unorganised Workers Trade Union burnt the copy of concept paper on the proposed CZM Notification, near the office of Revenue Divisional Officer here.

Anton Gomez, president, National Union of Fishermen, alleged that the decision to introduce a new notification to replace Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991 was taken without consulting fishermen community in the coastal hamlets.

“Considering that the Government had amended CRZ Notification 1991 on as many as 19 occasions, the introduction of CZM Notification was unwarranted,” he added.

Commercialisation

It would only lead to commercialisation of coastal zones.

According to him, the Government should replace CRZ Notification 1991 only if it was able to draft a comprehensive legislation that caters to the interests of people in coastal hamlets.

Later in the day, members of Democratic Fisher and Fishery Workers Union (DFFWU) staged a demonstration near the Gandhi statue here.

George Gomez, president, DFFWU, said that the proposed notification would open coastal resources for industrial and commercial exploitation and hence the move to legislate it should be dropped.

S. Ashirwatham, state-level organizer, National Coastal Protection Campaign, spoke.

Nagercoil

Fishermen from different parts of the district celebrated World Fishermen Day on Wednesday.

They burst crackers and distributed sweets to each other’s.

They organised a boat race at Kurumbanai near Colachel in which cine actress Karthika participated.

They took out a massive procession from Nagercoil Assisi complex to Kottar St.Xavier’s church.

They also passed multiple point charter of demands including the construction of fishing harbour at Thengapattinam.

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