KERALA

Concern over move to import fish from Thailand

KOZHIKODE, MARCH 17. The likely fallout on the fishing sector in Kerala due to import of fish from Thailand is being viewed with concern by those in the industry.

The Beypore Fishing Harbour Development Committee is in the process of organising meetings and discussions on the possible repercussions on the fisherfolk, who are already under pressure due to high cost of diesel and trawling by foreign vessels. The president of the committee, Karichal Preman, said the import of fish from Thailand was a major cause for concern for fisherfolk in the State.

As many as 82 fish varieties such as sardines, mackerel, prawns and squids are to be imported on a large scale. Two other demands already placed before the Government include exemption of the tax imposed by the State on diesel, and the blatant violation of the 45-day trawling ban by foreign vessels. The Chief Minister has sought two months time to look into the issue, Mr. Preman said.

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