three hundred tons of plastic waste have been removed from the Kasimedu
fishing harbor facilitating smooth movement of fishing trawlers when they
arrive with the catches, the fisheries department said. Work is on to fill up
excavated portions of the harbor with 50 truckloads of sand which will give a
face lift to the harbor situated next to the Chennai Port. Yielding to the
persistent demand of the local fishermen the management of the fishing harbor
will soon be handed over to the state fisheries department from Chennai Port.
This is in line with the policy decision announced by the state government in
the Assembly that use of plastic bags will be banned in Tamil Nadu from next
the occasion of World Ocean Day on Friday, the fisheries department held
program on the need for keeping the sea free of plastic. Essay writing and
elocution competitions under themes related to plastic pollution were held in
government schools across the city. Competitions were also held for visitors at
the Chetpet Eco Park on Friday.
A spokesman of Indian Fishermen Association said, “The Kasimedu harbour has not witnessed such
a large-scale clean-up for more than two decades. During the ongoing 61-day
fishing ban period, with help of volunteers, we removed about 4 tonnes of
plastic waste. But this is the first time; the government has taken up cleaning
fishermen complained that the management committee under the Chennai port trust
has failed to maintain the fishing harbour. Since 1996, there has been an
persistent demand that the maintenance of the harbor should be handed over to
the state fisheries department. In 2013, the state government gave the harbour
a makeover but poor maintenance by Chennai port management has raised the need
for repairs again.
and other waste piled up in the harbour as conservancy workers were not allowed
inside without the consent from management committee under the Chennai port.
There is no water facility in the harbour. Toilets do not function and lights
bulbs need replacement.”
to the demand of fishermen, the management of the harbor will soon to be transferred
to the state fisheries department. “Once the harbour comes under the state government‘s
management, it will be easy to mobilise funds for development.
the fisheries department is making use of seasonal ban on fishing for the local
fishermen to conduct skill development programs. Fishermen, who are offshore,
took part in sea safety and fish-handling programs by Central Institute of
Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training.