Sea fishing activity resumed from June 16
after the state government lifted the prohibition of marine fishing operation.
The annual fishing ban had been 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. It remained in force from 15 April till 15 June. 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, said Deputy Director (marine fisheries) Pratap Ranajn Rout.
It’s an admitted fact that fishermen and
stakeholders of sea-fishing were be on the losing side due to the ban. But it
would reap long-term benefit for them in form of higher catch. Odisha is not
the only state where prohibition had been imposed. Similar restriction on
sea-fishing was also in force in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he added.
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 operators’ union, Sumant Biswal.
Over 1000 mechanized boats besides trawls
and medium and small size motorized boats which operate from Paradip fisheries
harbour were 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.
Hundreds of fishermen, for the past
60 days kept themselves busy repairing their equipment and fishing boats
in preparation for the fishing season. Fishermen from Andhra
Pradesh who took vacation during the ban period, have
already returned to the seaside fishing villages of the state to
join in the fishing work. The fishing harbour at Paradip is now
buzzing with activities. Fish merchants from West Bengal have already arrived
in Paradip to purchase fish from the fishermen . similarly , seafood
exporters of the state opened their offices and fish collection
centers to purchase fish and prawn from the fishermen ‘, said Sumanta Biswal
the president of trawler owners’ association of Paradip.
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.