T.N. fishermen go back into the sea as two-month annual fishing ban ends

A total of about 15,000 mechanised boats carrying close to 1 lakh fishermen from as many as 14 coastal districts have ventured into the sea on Friday, a government official said

Updated - June 14, 2024 06:36 pm IST

Published - June 14, 2024 05:16 pm IST - RAMESWARAM


Mechanised boat fishermen in Mandapam north set out for fishing as the 61-day fishing ban period ends on June 14 night

Mechanised boat fishermen in Mandapam north set out for fishing as the 61-day fishing ban period ends on June 14 night | Photo Credit: L. Balachandar

After a gap of 61 days, fishermen from the coastal Ramanathapuram district ventured into the sea to fish, on Friday, June 14, 2024.

The two-month annual ban on fishing, which commenced in April, ended on June 14. During the ban period, mechanised fishing boats are prohibited from entering the sea. The ban is enforced in order to facilitate the breeding of fish and conservation of fish stock in the marine ecology, and during this period, the government provides registered fisher families with financial assistance.

Fishermen customarily carry out repairs to their mechanised boats and fish nets, and paint their containers during the ban period.

A large number of fishers from Pamban, Rameswaram and Mandapam jetties set off into the Palk Bay from noon on Friday, hoping to return to shore early on Sunday with a good catch.

A T.N. Fisheries Department official said they had given the fishers clear instructions on dos and don’t. All fishermen have to carry their communication gadgets. They have been told not to cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Only those above 18 years can go in the fishing boats. Persons who have come from other States to Tamil Nadu are not to be encouraged to go fishing.

A senior official in Chennai told The Hindu that on Friday, a total of around 15,000 mechanised boats carrying close to 1 lakh fishermen from as many as 14 coastal districts including Kanniyakumari, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Chennai are setting off into the sea to fish.

Fishermen leader Jesu Raja said that the fishermen have been told not to cross the IMBL under any circumstances and that surveillance by the Indian Coast Guard personnel and the Sri Lankan Navy would be intensified from tonight (June 14).

With the arrival of fish into the markets from Sunday onwards, prices are likely to come down.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.