Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday called upon coastal States to evolve an effective mechanism to regulate fishing activities in close co-ordination with the Coast Guard.

He was addressing a meeting of the Southern Zonal Council comprising Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry here.

Tamil Nadu raised at the meeting 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. Panneerselvam, said the fishermen were abducted while they were fishing off Andhra Coast and released after payment of ransom.

Similarly, Kanyakumari district fishermen were harassed by fishermen in Kerala, he said.

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar expressed concern over the fishermen using large number of mechanised fishing vessels, especially the trawlers with very high powered engines, which, he said was against the recommendations of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi.

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