Boats stop going to sea; Fishing industry faces huge loss
Kochi: The fishing industry is facing a huge crisis as the fishing boats have stopped going to the sea following Cyclone Ockhi. Nearly 1,000 fishing boats used to venture into the sea from Kochi, Vypin and Munambam coasts. The three coasts together used to have a sales turnover of about Rs 3 crore per day.
The market chain from the large scale traders to the local fish sellers have been affected by the crisis. The fish meant for exporting arrive in abundance in the harbors in the district. The large scale fish exporters in Kerala mainly depend up on these harbors.
For the past 12 days, the arrival of fish for exporting has stopped. Consequently, the large and small-scale vendors, agents, ice breakers, water suppliers, drivers, porters and hundreds of women labourers working in the fish processing companies have lost their jobs.
The indigenous fish market is nearly dead. Tamil Nadu labourers have returned to their native place. The fisherfolk say that the crisis in harbors is likely to continue for some more time even if the weather turned favorable to them.