In a move to ensure the safe breeding of
sea fish, Odisha government has gone ahead with enforcing two-month-long
prohibition on marine fishing operation from April 15.
The prohibitory orders would remain in
force from 15 April and would remain effective till 14 June. Any deviation on
part of fishermen communities would be dealt with stringent legal provisions
with the confiscation of the fishing crafts, said Deputy Director (marine
fisheries) Pratap Ranajn Rout.
The fishing prohibition in view of
breeding season of fish earlier lasted for 45 days. However it has been
extended to 60 days as per order issued by union agriculture ministry. The
60-day fishing ban is being enforced simultaneously in West Bengal, Telengana,
and Andhra Pradesh on eastern coast, said officials.
The annual fishing ban is being enforced
for the larger interest of those living on fishing activity. The restriction on
fishing is imposed every year to allow breeding and multiplication of fish
population. Thus it is aimed at greater interest for the fishermen as it leads
to the larger yield. The fishermen and trawl operators had been asked not to
undertake fishing voyage. Prohibition on sea fishing was promulgated under
Odisha marine fishing regulation act besides the directions from the union
Itís an admitted fact that fishermen and stakeholders
of sea-fishing would be on the losing side due to the ban. But it would reap
long-term benefit for them in form of higher catch.
Those living on fishing and ancillary
activities have been badly hit by the ban. Sea fishing has suffered major interruption
this year. Frequent formation of low pressure and resultant cyclonic weather
has posed major impediments as fishermen and crews were forced to suspend the
fishing operation following nature induced causes, said representative of local
trawl operatorsí union, Sumant Biswal.
Over 1000 mechanized boats besides trawls
and medium and small size motorized boats which operate from Paradip fisheries
harbour have been left idle. It had become tough time for fishermen, fish
workers and vendors to support their families while it hardly made difference
to the wealthy trawl owners. Bereft of alternative income sources, the fish
workers and vendors were left to fend themselves, remarked, seagoing fishermen
union spokesman, Tushar Sardar.
from fishing prohibition due to ongoing breeding season, the state government
had also imposed 'Fishing Ban' from 1st November to 31st May throughout the
twenty km off the seacoast of the coastal district of Kendrapara from
Gahiramatha to Hukitola covering 35 km to protect the annual migration of
endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles to the Odisha coast for mating and laying
eggs. The prohibition would remain in force till 14 June keeping in view fish
species breeding period.