KERALA

Dory fishing scheme to be extended to all coastal districts, says Minister

Special Correspondent

Based on success of pilot project launched in Kollam

KANNUR: Fisheries Minister S. Sarma has said that Dory Fishing Scheme (DFS) launched in Kollam as a pilot project will be extended to other coastal districts to utilise the rich fishery potential in the deep sea.

Inaugurating the dredging work at the Mappila Bay Fishing Harbour here under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Project (TRP) here on Tuesday, Mr. Sarma said that the deep sea was the potential area as in-shore and off-shore areas had already been exploited.

The rich marine wealth of the deep sea was still to be exploited, he said adding that the DFS had been launched to equip traditional fishermen to exploit the marine wealth in the deep sea.

The DFS consisted of a full-fledged mechanised master craft and many carrier crafts attached to it.

Mr. Sarma said that the pilot project was so successful that it would be extended to all coastal areas.

Groups of traditional fishermen willing to be beneficiaries of the DFS would be sanctioned a grant of Rs. 20 lakh each out of the unit cost of Rs. 25 lakh, he said adding that Rs. 5 lakh to be contributed by each group would be made available through bank linkages. The Fisheries Minister announced at the function that the Harbour Engineering Department Chief Engineer N. Mohanakumar was entrusted to submit a report on the viability of constructing a breakwater at the Mappila Bay Fishing Harbour to check siltation in the basin.

The government would sanction required funds for the construction of the breakwater on the basis of the report.

Dredging in the harbour basin was a short-term solution to the problem of siltation that was causing inconvenience to fishing crafts to enter and leave the basin, he added.

The fishing harbour that had been commissioned in 1999 with much fanfare could not be fully operational as a result of carrying out no master dredging, Mr. Sarma said adding that Rs. 3 crore had been sanctioned under the TRP for the dredging work that began today.

K. Sudhakaran, MLA, presided over the function. Municipal chairman B.P. Farooque, N. Mohanakumar and Harbour Engineering Superintendent Engineer K.K. Rajamma were present at the function.

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