Yet another trouble for Kerala fisherfolk as scorching summer affects catch

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Fisherfolk in Chavakkad segregating jellyfish entrapped in the fishing net

Chavakkad: Diesel price hike and jellyfish menace have been affecting the catch of fisherfolk in Kerala. Amid this comes yet another trouble, scorching summer.

Usually, in summer, the catch will be less. However, fisherfolk claims this year their situation is even bleaker. According to them, this summer, the availability of fish in the sea here has significantly reduced in an unprecedented manner. This situation is affecting the earnings of individuals involved in fish catching in boats (including large inboard boats), traditional canoes and all other types of fishing vessels.

They all are in dire straits. If they decide not to go fishing, the debt will raise. On the other hand, those are going is not getting catch worth to even meet the fuel cost. A fish boat of medium size requires at least 1,000 litres of diesel in a week. From the catch, the operators are not able to meet expenses like wages and food. It is learnt that many prefer not to operate boats for fishing.

Meanwhile, the jellyfish menace is also troubling the fisherfolk. Jellyfish not only damages fishing nets but also cost time of the fisherfolk in segregating it from the catch.

According to Dr PR Jayachandran, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Marine Sciences under Cochin University of Science and Technology, during the summer season fish tend to move to regions where heat is less.

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