Coastal sector in distress as unscientific fishing continues

Boats capture large scale fish from sea at night when all trolling activities have been banned.

Kochi: There is no shortage of unscientific fishing even as the coastal sector is inching towards distress. Despite the warnings issued by state and central governments, two international conventions that discussed the alarming shortage of fish and rise in sea pollution, fishermen continue to resort to unscientific modes to catch fish.

Fishermen of big trolling boats and traditional fishermen continue to catch the juvenile fish from the bottom of the sea.

Lack of rain and the rise in temperature has resulted in the shortage of fish.

The unscientific trolling activities carried out in the sea is not being brought under control. Boats capture largescale fish from sea at night when all trolling activities are banned.

Two boats, together, catch the big and small fish of a particular region using Pelagic nets. There is a drop in the amount of small fish since the use of Gujarati net is also on the rise. LED lights are also used for catching fish.

The practise of catching small fishes in order to use them as fertilisers pose a huge challenge to the fish ecosystem.

Traditional fishermen demand a ban on indulging in fishing activities at night. “No new boats or canoes should be approved for the next 10 years. Small fishing nets should be banned and the size of the net should be maintained as per the regulations”

They also demand strict inspection in the sea during March- April seasons. They also warned the working community will be starved if there is no intervention from the government.

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