Tamil Nadu state will have an Exclusive Marine Enforcement
Wing to enforce fishing regulations in the light of complaints by Sri Lanka
that the state fishermen were resorting to destructive fishing and use banned
The issue has been the bone of contention between
Indian fishermen and the Sri Lankan navy for the past several years. Sri Lankan
navy and coastguard have killed several Indian fishermen, arrested many of them
and impounded hundreds of Indian fishing boats.
The Indian fishermen have complained that the Sri
Lankan Navy have prevented them from fishing in traditional fishing grounds
near Katchativu islands which was handed over to Sri Lanka way back in 1974
under a bilateral agreement with the island nation.
personnel patrol Bay of Bengal to enforce fishing regulations
It is in this context the Tamil Nadu government
is setting up an Exclusive Marine Enforcement Wing with over one hundred police
personnel patrolling the Bay of Bengal in a bid to enforce fishing regulations
and take steps to prevent the use of banned nets
wing, to be headed by a Superintendent of Police
Personnel for the wing, to be headed by a
Superintendent of Police, will be drawn from the State Police Department and
will render support to officers of the Fisheries Department in enforcing the
Tamil Nadu Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1983, along the State’s coastline.
Based on a request from the Director of
Fisheries, the State government has accorded administrative and financial
sanction for setting up the force. It has also sanctioned Rs Seven Crores per
year towards payment of salary of the personnel.
A budget provision will be made for purchasing
four-wheelers and hiring patrol boats. Arms for the wing will be loaned by the
of the wing’s duties to conduct search and rescue operation when required
Keeping the long-standing demand of the fisher folk
in mind, part of the wing’s duties will be to coordinate and conduct search and
rescue operations as and when required. The wing will collect intelligence
pertaining to violations from fishing villages/communities.
Besides developing cordial relations with the
local fishing community, the constables will keep a watch on the movement of
unidentified boats/strangers in their jurisdiction.
The security of Sensitive harbors like those in
Chennai, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Rameswaram, Thoothukudi,
Chinnamuttom and Colachel will be under the jurisdiction of high police
Many other States have such separate wings under
the Fisheries Department. “Increasingly, we are facing many issues, especially
those related to law and order in fishing hamlets, and it is turning out to be
a burden on the Police Department. This calls for the formation of an exclusive
wing, according to sources
The wing will protect the rights of
traditional fishermen: Fisheries Minister
D. Jayakumar said the wing will protect the rights of traditional fishermen.
“It will be under the control of the director of fisheries. We have requested
the Director General of Police to depute personnel at the earliest. We expect
that the Marine force will be raised shortly he said.