Recognizing the role of sea-going
fishermen as ‘eyes & ears’ of coastal security mechanism, the Coast Guard
initiated a novel measure in observing the Independence Day to sensitize them.
We observed the national day in a
different way. Apart from the ceremonial hoisting of tri-colour, the Coast
Guard personnel spent time with the fishermen mid-sea to strengthen the bond
with marine fishermen communities and crews of sea-worthy vessels. These
adventurous people venture into deep sea to eke out living by fishing. They are
ones who provide us the mid-sea feedback on intruding vessels’ suspicious activities.
Therefore we had decided to spend the day with them in sea-voyage in a bid to
develop rapport and affinity with them, said Coast Guard Commandant,
The CG personnel had healthy interaction
with them despite language barrier. They were given away pack of delicious
sweets as a token gesture of appreciation of their role in strengthening
coastal security system, he said.
Sea-going fishermen are ‘eyes and ears’
for coastal security apparatus and they constitute a vital component for
maintenance of sea safety. Timely response from fishing community can ward off
any asymmetric threat emanating from sea.
CG has been continuously organising
programmes at periodic intervals to sensitize fishermen community and seaside
settlers on the maritime security. The community awareness programme
is playing a pivotal role in empowering the fishermen to thwart possible marine
subversive activities, infiltration and sea route smuggling.
The awareness campaigns are intended to
unite coastal fishing villages and communities against seaward threat by
sensitizing them about coastal security issues such as prompt reporting of
suspicious activities at sea or near the shore areas.
Various coastal security initiatives such
as e-registration of fishing boats, vessels and crafts, fishermen biometric
identity cards and color coding of all fishing boats have already been
implemented and the fishermen communities have also been imparted the basics on
safety mechanism during hours of distress.
“The coast guard officials explained
us in plain words the significant role that seagoing fishermen play in
maintenance of coastal security. We were explained of the operation disaster
alert transmitters. It’s the utmost duty of crews of fishing vessels to swiftly
report to the coast guard of suspiciously moving crafts along the seawaters”,
remarked seagoing fishermen.