Catching juvenile fish to invite actions; Centre to enforce Kerala model in other states
Thiruvananthapuram: The Secretary of Central Fisheries Department has directed to enforce the decision of Kerala to use only fishing nets of certain yarn size, in all states and union territories in order to prevent catching juvenile fish. With this, catching sardines smaller than 10 cm and mackerel smaller than 14 cm will be treated as an offence by fisheries enforcement. It has also directed to implement trawling ban in all states simultaneously during the monsoon.
Kerala has implemented several projects in marine fish production and intelligent use of fish resources. As implementation of such projects in only one state cannot achieve the target, the state government called for a meeting of the fisheries minister of other south Indian states. In this meeting, it was decided to extend the Kerala-model projects to other states also.
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) had submitted a report fixing a certain yarn size for the fishing net according to each type of fish. The restrictions should be implemented based on this report. In Kerala, trawling ban is enforced for 52 days in a single stretch in monsoon whereas some other states the ban is split into two times.
A Kerala model system is suggested in training in deep sea fishing, prevention of juvenile fishing, using LED bulbs for fishing and ban on using artificial fishing equipment. Also, the use of fishing net recommended by Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), registration of boat building yards, compulsory registration of net making units, eradication of plastic waste in sea, mandatory use of automatic identification and vessel monitoring, hatchery accreditation and other recommendations of Kerala will be implemented.