In a bid to enhance the livelihood stakes of sea-going
fishermen in view of periodic ‘fishing ban’, nearly 10,000 families spread
across the state are going to receive Rs 4,500 doles every year.
The sum is being provided to the marine fishermen to
compensate their loss of occupation following April 15-June 14 fishing ban
clamed every year, said officials.
The ban is being imposed to conserve fish stock
at sea during its breeding period. Fishermen have been instructed not to
venture into the sea so as to avoid disturbances caused by the mechanized
fishing vessels to marine organisms during the breeding season. During the
ban period we are providing the monetary compensation to the marine
fishermen under the government ‘s ‘Livelihood
Support to Marine Fishermen During Fishing Ban Periods’ scheme . This scheme is
intended to provide financial assistance to only BPL marine fishermen
adversely affected due to ban on account of marine fisheries resources
conservation. Such assistance is aimed to strengthen the livelihood support of
fishermen, said Joint director, marine fisheries department, Pratap Chandra
Under this scheme, BPL fisherman in the age group of
18 and 60 years would receive Rs.1500 for three months during the
fishing ban period.
The state is home to 1.4 Lakh marine fishermen while
9,935 of them figure in the list of BPL category.
The sea-going fishermen from Kendrapara district which
houses Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, are entitled for Rs 5,000-a-year additional
package as they are being deprived of fishing within the prohibited Gahirmatha
sanctuary for safeguarding the safety of endangered olive ridley sea turtles.