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BJP opposes extended ban

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president V. Muraleedharan has urged the State government not to implement the recommendation of an expert committee to extend ban on trawling to 75 days since that will affect traditional fishermen. The committee had found that the 47 days of trawling had helped conserve fish resources from 1985 to 1997, but catches had declined after 2000. This was because of the permission granted to foreign trawlers to enter Indian waters from 1999, Mr. Muraleedharan said on Sunday.

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