TAMIL NADU

“Restrain mechanised boat owners from inshore fishing”

Traditional fishermen marching towards the Collectorate in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday.Photo: L. Balachandar

Traditional fishermen marching towards the Collectorate in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday.Photo: L. Balachandar  

Fishermen throng Ramanathapuram Collectorate

A large number of fishermen thronged the Collectorate here on Wednesday with family members urging the district administration and Fisheries Department to restrain mechanised boats from inshore fishing and protect their livelihood.

Stating that the livelihood of more than one lakh families was at stake, hundreds of fishermen, under the banner of Federation of Tamil Nadu Fishing Trade Union - CITU, turned up at the collectorate to express their grievance and press a charter of demands.

Explaining the demands, R.Annathurai, CPI(M) MLA, who led the march, said that despite the ban on inshore fishing (within three nautical miles from the shore) and use of pursine and pair trawling nets in this region, mechanised boats continued to violate the ban order affecting the livelihood of traditional fishermen.

“The livelihood of hundreds of traditional fishermen could be protected only if the district administration took stern action against the mechanised boat fishermen. “We are not asking anything new but only want the district administration and the Fisheries Department to implement the ban order,” he said.

Federation state secretary P.Karuannidhi and President G. Selestin blamed the district administration and the Fisheries Department for failing to implement the ban order. Many of the mechanised boats were using more than 200 horse power engines, violating the restrictions but the department turned a blind eye, they alleged.

Later, a delegation, led by the MLA met the Collector K. Nanthakumar and discussed the demands in detail.

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