Thiruvananthapuram: Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty Amma stated traditional fishermen have been given the permission to go to sea from Saturday. However, there will be restrictions in place. This is to ensure food security and employment of people in the fishing sector. But this is not applicable in Kasaragod district where the number of coronavirus cases are high.
Permission has also been granted to sell the fish without auction. The price of the fish will be determined by Harbour Management Societies, in which district collector will be the chairman. The price will be renewed each day as per the availability of the fish.
Wholesale sellers and small scale sellers can buy the fish through booking. The fisheries department developed an application in which booking can be done. The minister also said that gatherings at fishing harbours and landing centres will also not be encouraged.
Small scale fishermen will be given market points and ‘Matsyafed’ would bring all the fish necessary for them. Harbour Management Societies will have to be informed about the quantity of fish required prior to this. The money acquired through the business will be put into the workers’ accounts directly.
Fisheries, Police, Revenue departments have been entrusted with the responsibilities to see that landing centres do not get crowded. Fish markets will function from 7 am to 11 am.