On World Oceans Day, William analyses changes in sea based on 50 years of experience
Kovalam: On the occasion of World Oceans Day, Vizhinjam Thulavila native William, a fisherman who has half a century of experience in the field, expressed his anxieties over the changes in the sea. William started fishing as a livelihood at the age of 10.
According to him, plastic, chemical waste and other waste from rivers changed the natural state of the sea. Fish wealth and rare coral reefs have started to vanish from the sea, he noted.
“Earlier, I ventured into the sea by making a small sailboat with wood and mat. During that time, I used to get a good catch after covering just 5 kilometres from the shore. But nowadays, the fish which used to roam around the shores have started to camp in the deep sea. Hence, fishermen address a good catch of any fish breed as ‘Chakara’,” said the experienced fisherman.
The natural habitats inside the oceans are being destroyed. Sea plants which grow close to these habitats have also been destroyed as the water conditions changed. juvenile oysters are widely caught as destroying its natural growth. Juvenile fishes are also caught largely, he added.
The traditional fisherman also explained the impacts on the sea from using mechanised fishing boats. “Fishing by using lights and trawling also destroyed the sea,” he added.
Fish habitats even in the deep sea are widely destroyed now. The artificial fish habitats will also affect the sea, says William.
He appealed to everyone to join hands to save the oceans which are the source of rare treasures.