Kerala’s 52-day trawl ban will be in effect from June 9
However, traditional fishing using inboard boats will be permitted during this period.
The trawl fishing ban applied in Kerala with the aim of ensuring the prosperity of the marine stock, will come into force on June 9 at midnight. The 52-day ban, which bans trawling, will end on July 31 at midnight. During this period, mechanized fishing vessels will not be allowed to venture out to sea and continue fishing. Fisheries authorities have said strict action will be taken against violators. However, traditional fishing using inboard boats will be permitted during this period. The trawling method involves extensive fishing of resources close to the seabed using bottom trawls. The method often leads to overuse of resources, according to experts. The ban was also enforced taking into account the spawning season of a wide variety of fish.
The ban also applies to double-net trawling or double-net trawling. “Fishing vessels from other states that fish from the Kerala coast are required to leave the state coast before the ban begins,” a statement from the Fisheries Ministry said. He adds that while inboard vehicles are permitted for fishing, only single-carrier canoes will be permitted.
The ministry also announced that all mechanized fishing boats will be stationed in state fishing harbors by midnight June 9. “On July 31 at midnight, boats will be able to leave the port. Strict measures will be taken against boats that do not respect this schedule,” the statement said. He adds that control rooms have been opened in all coastal districts to help fishermen.
Meanwhile, traditional fishermen have been urged to exercise caution when venturing into the sea. The ministry said inboard boats should have all safety equipment when venturing into the sea. sea.
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