Kerala to go for 52 day trawl ban from June 9

The annual monsoon Trawl ban in Kerala will be from the midnight of June 9 to July 31, a 52 day period. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of trade unions, boat owners and officials called by Kerala Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty Amma at Thiruvananthapuram on Monday (May 27, 2019).  

In the meeting, the trade unions working in the fisheries sector and boat owners welcomed the decision of the government to follow last year’s ban period of 52 days. had earlier reported that Kerala would be going for a 52 day trawl ban.

District collectors, officials of the Indian navy, Coast Guard, Marine Enforcement wing, Coastal Police, Fisheries Directorate, National Fish Workers Forum General Secretary T Peter, All Kerala Fishing Boat Owners Association general secretary Joseph Xavier, Matsyathozhilali Congress president R Austin Gomas, Matsyathozhilali Federation (STU) president Ummer Ottummal, Kerala Matsyathozhilali Aikya Vedi President Charles George were among others who attended the meeting.

At the onset of the meeting itself, Mercykutty Amma said that the government was for a 52 day trawl ban as that of last year. She also asked all the fishermen to cooperate with the government during the trawl ban period.

She also said that the traditional fishermen who venture into the sea during the ban period should carry biometric cards provided to them. She said that the enforcement wing has been asked to be strengthened in the wake of reports of illegal elements entering the country. “The fishermen who venture into the sea during the ban period is advised to carry the cards so as to avoid any confrontation,” she told the meeting.

Apart from this, she also mentioned about the decreasing of fish wealth and said that it was a serious issue. She said that the government alone would not be able to do anything but it was for the fisheries sector to cooperate in preserving the fish wealth.  

Despite welcoming the government’s decision to continue with last years’ ban period, the boat owners association had raised their concern over the loss of days. They pointed out that they have already lost a good number of fishing days. As part of ensuring safe and tension free trawl ban, control rooms have started functioning in all the coastal districts. Apart from this, the marine enforcement agency has been asked to be more vigil. The district authorities have been asked to take all precautionary measures during the ban period.  

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