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Mechanized fishing boat operators call off the strike

Mechanized fishing boat operators called off their strike on the eighth day; however, the industry has already suffered a heavy blow leading to huge losses.

Kerala State Fishing Boat Operatorsí Association president Joseph Xavier Kalappurackal said the losses suffered by the sector due to the strike amounted to Rs 300 crore.

Around 5,000 fishing boat operators and workers had launched the indefinite strike last Thursday and stopped venturing into the sea in protest against the Fisheries Department action against fishermen over juvenile fishing. Boat owners and workers have been on the warpath since the department seized two boats on February 4 on charges of juvenile fishing.

Despite 8-day long strike, the fish prices did not go up though the popular variety of fishes were not available to the common man. Fish reached the market from Goa, Mangaluru and Thoothukudi and Easter lent also saw the consumption reduced. In all, the strike did not adversely impact the market. 

The strike was called off following talks with the government which assured that the demands of fishing boats operators will be considered.


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