Fishing boats to crusade back into waters after hiatus of 52 days as trawling ban ends at midnight

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Kozhikode: The trawling ban imposed in the state will be lifted on Sunday at midnight as the boats crusade back into the waters after a hiatus of 52 days. The fisherfolk are relieved as the weather conditions are favourable at the moment. Last year, even after lifting the ban, adverse climatic conditions proved to be a backlash for fishermen.

The boats are ready after completing all maintenance works. On the first day, nearly 150 boats will head to the sea from Puthiyappa. All preparations necessary have been made for this and the migrant workers who went to their hometowns during the ban have returned.

The maintenance works of boats that were decked up on the shores for 52 days amounted to lakhs. The fishermen are concerned whether they will be able to catch enough fish. The workers say that due to the hike in fuel prices, they cannot wander about on the sea looking for fish for long hours. The diesel is being bought at full price as the subsidy has not been allowed. Harish, a fisherman, said that many are struggling to stay afloat during these difficult times. Around ten boat owners in Puthiyappa sold their boats and switched to other lines of work not able to bear the losses.

Only one instalment of the amount given by the Saving Cum Relief Scheme to Fishermen program to members during trawling ban has been given so far. It is alleged that all members have not received this amount. State Secretary of All India Fishermen Congress C P Shanmughan said that the government must take necessary steps to give the entire amount to fishermen.

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