With reports of increased presence of foreign vessels in Indian waters, the fishers in the country have demanded the Centre to take steps against the entry of such vessels in the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.
The All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators Association sent a representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding drastic steps against the entry of foreign vessels in the Indian waters. The Association has given a representation in the wake of ten Chinese fishing, alleged to be fishing in Indian waters, taking shelter in Ratnagiri in Maharasthtra because of Cyclone Vayu. They also alleged that about 200 foreign vessels were in the outer sea to enter Arabian Sea.
In the representation, they also demanded a uniform regulation of fishing boats in the country. The demand has been made in the wake of Kerala bringing in stricter regulations than the other states on fishing vessels.
Stating that the representation was given on Tuesday, AKFBOA general secretary Joseph Xavier said that they were trying to get an appointment of the Prime Minister. “We hope to meet the Prime Minister soon so that all the issues pertaining to the industry could be presented to him,” he said. In the representation, the Association has said that it was only abundance of fish in the Indian waters that had prompted the Chinese vessels to fish in the Indian waters. Noting that the scientific community has failed in giving reliable information about fish wealth, the Association also demanded to probe into the activities of the scientific community. They alleged that when the scientists here cautions against the shortage of fish and also recommends stoppage of all fishing for a long period, the foreign vessels with the help of their own satellite installations locate the abundance of fish here. The Association in the representation has alleged that the marine scientists have entered an unholy alliance with foreign agents. In this context, the Association has demanded a probe by a central agency into the activities of the scientific community.