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NEW LOOK: Fishermen engaged in painting a boat in Tuticorin on Sunday.
NEW LOOK: Fishermen engaged in painting a boat in Tuticorin on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

During the 45-day ban

Tuticorin: The 45-day-ban on fish catch which is in effect from April 15 to May 29 has put the livelihood of fishermen in Tuticorin district on the back foot.

Ever since the ban came into effect due to restrictions imposed due to fish breeding period, the activity at fishing harbour here had changed. During this lean period, the fishermen were whiling away their time by overhauling their mechanised boats.

The fishermen, who are now waiting to resume work, are busy keeping their boats in the best condition. Their task includes mending of nets used to catch large numbers of fish, re-painting boats and overhauling engines.

“This is a tough period for fishermen. It would have been much better had the relief amount for the 45-day-ban been provided in April. The money reaches us only in June by which time we venture into the sea,” C. Parthiban, a fisherman of Boopalarayerpuram, said.

Fishermen are appealing to the authorities to understand their woes during the ban period.

“Our distress can be understood if the officials have fishing background. Our representation can be efficiently gauged only by such people who can bring about a solution,” David Raj, a fisherman of Lourdhamalpuram said.

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