Kannur: Putting an end to the distress of fishing community, the 52 days of trawling ban will be completed on Tuesday midnight. The fishermen are eagerly waiting for the big day in all coastal areas.

The trawling ban came into effect in Kerala from June 10. During the previous year, only 47 days was the period of trawling ban. But this year, the government extended the ban for five more days.

The fishing community is busy with repairing boats and nets ahead of the day. Workers have started to fill fuel tanks of the boat and arrange ice and water for their venture into sea.

The widespread destruction due to heavy rain and tidal wave attacks have added to the woes of the fishermen.

Prior to the trawling ban, fisheries department has restricted fishing boats from venturing into the sea due to bad weather. As the department continued to put restrictions on fishing, even small boats failed to venture into the sea. During this period, traditional fishermen got only less than 10 days for fishing. But they failed to find a good catch.

Trawling ban in Kerala led to rise in fish prices. Price of Sardine or ‘Mathi’ rose to Rs 200 per kilo. Merchants started to take contaminated fish with toxic chemical formalin from other states as shortage of fish supply affected the market.

Though the fishermen are eagerly waiting the end of trawling ban, they are anxious about the climate. Ice plants will be operational soon after the end of trawling ban.