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
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.