Photo: VP Ullas, Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: A meeting organised by the government with the stakeholders of the fishing industry has decided to impose the annual trawling ban off the Kerala coast from midnight of June 9. It will continue till the midnight of July 31.
The ban is imposed every year during the monsoon to ensure the strengthening of the marine stock. During the 52-day ban period, mechanised boats will not be allowed to go for fishing. However, the ban is not applicable to the traditional fishers.
The period of ban was extended from 45 to 52 days last year following the demand from traditional fishers. The free ration supply for the affected parties will be strengthened, minister Saji Cheriyan said in the meeting. A 24x7 fisheries control room has been working in all coastal districts since May 15.