Fishing resumes after 61-day ban

Annual restriction aims at facilitating breeding of fish

June 14, 2017 10:13 pm | Updated 10:13 pm IST - Puducherry

Fishermen from all the 18 coastal hamlets in Puducherry ventured into the sea on Wednesday, after the 61-day annual ban on fishing came to an end. The fishing harbour at Thengaithittu was buzzing with activity with fishermen loading nets and ice bars and venturing into the sea in mechanised fishing boats and trawlers with the hope of a good catch.

The annual ban imposed by the Fisheries department is aimed at facilitating the breeding of fish. The government also announced increase in cash relief to the fishermen during the ban period. The ban period had been increased from 45 to 61 days and the compensation hiked to ₹5,500 per month.

The government had also earmarked ₹16 crore for repairing of damaged fishing vessels.

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