Fisherfolk hope for bumper catch as trawling ban ends
Kollam: Fisherfolk in coastal village are in excitement as the 52-day long trawling ban will end on Wednesday midnight. Fishing boats are all set to take to the sea.
In Kollam, all mechanised fishing boats which were halted near the Neendakara bridge are well prepared to enter the seas. The trawling ban came into force on June 9.
The fuel stations in coastal areas opened to fill diesel in the boats on Monday. Kollam Fisheries deputy director P Geethakumari stated that a total amount of Rs 2.69 crore was distributed to the fisherfolk as lean month assistance.
She also directed fishing boats from other areas which arrived in the coast of Kollam for fishing during the trawling ban to immediately leave the district.
Meanwhile, Marine Enforcement department warned that stringent action will be taken against the boats which violate rules.
“Fishing boats which have not registered or renewed their license will face action. Strict action will be taken for failure to follow colour code and not keeping life-saving equipment like lifejackets in the boats,” said Marine Enforcement Department.
Fisheries department has completed all arrangements across the state to lift the trawling ban and ensure safety of fishermen.