KARNATAKA

Don’t take away our livelihood in the name of security: fishermen

SECURITY CONCERN: A file picture of Customs officials inspecting the documents of a fishing vessel off Mangalore coast.

SECURITY CONCERN: A file picture of Customs officials inspecting the documents of a fishing vessel off Mangalore coast.  

Staff Correspondent

Proposal to restrict movement of fishing vessels awaits Government approval



Fishermen are the best vigilance along the coast, says NFF

‘Basic training to fishing community in guarding the shores can be useful’



MANGALORE: The National Fishermen Forum (NFF) has taken exception to the proposals pending before the State Government that seek to curtail the movement of fishing vessels in an attempt to protect the coastline from insurgencies and illegal traffic. Such security measures are on the verge of being implemented in the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerela, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

In an appeal to the State Government, the local affiliate of the forum, the Coastal Karnataka Fishermen Action Committee (CKFAC) has said: “Do not take away our livelihood in the name of security.”

Resolution

Vasudev Boloor, secretary of the CKFAC, has said in that appeal to Government that the NFF had passed a 16-point resolution at their recently concluded summit on coastal security held at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Boloor has said: “We remind the Government that the security of the country means security of not only the life but also the livelihood of its citizens.”

The NFF had deemed that fishermen were the best vigilance against incursions and illegal sea-trafficking and resolved to “volunteer their services to collaborate and cooperate with the security agencies”, Mr. Boloor said and added that it was difficult to guard the 8,000-kilometre coastline of the country with only 50 boats of the Coast Guards. Since there were over 2.2 lakh registered fishing vessels in the country, the State Government could arrange to provide basic training to fishermen, in reconnaissance and security procedures.

Remove debris

Mr. Boloor alleged that the local port authorities did not show interest in removing sunken boats in the estuaries near fishing ports in coastal Karnataka. Pointing to the recent spate of accidents in the estuaries in Mangalore, he said the Purse Seine boat that sank on Sunday at Bunder had run over an old boat which had sunk over two years ago. As many as 10 boats had sustained damage at the same spot because of the sunken boat, he added.

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