Panaji: The Goa Government will impose
strict restrictions on fishing in mechanised trawlers in its territorial waters from June 15, and the ban will be in place for the next 45 days, officials said Thursday.
Fisheries Department has decided to seal all the four
important jetties - the hub of fishing activities till July
The ban has been enforced as monsoon is a breeding
season for the fishes and also keeping in mind that venturing
into the deep sea in stormy weather can be dangerous for the
crew on the trawlers, they said.
S C Verenkar, Fisheries Department Director, said,
Marine Police would be roped in to ensure that no fishing
trawler defies the ban.
He said they will also ensure that the trawlers from
neighbouring states don`t drop their nets in Goan waters.
The ban is likely to force 1,000-odd trawlers to drop their anchors at jetties or in the yards, where they are taken for annual maintenance.
The fishing activity in Goa has already come to a standstill since Saturday when gusty winds started hitting the
coastline. Fishing is the third largest economic activity in
the coastal state after mining and tourism.
According to Government figures, 54,865 tonne of fish
was netted by trawlers based in Goa during 2010 as against
51,231 tonne in 2009.
Currently, the State has a registered fleet of 1,134
mechanised boats, 755 country crafts, 1,963 non-motorised
crafts and 6,463 nets. Goa has five fish landing centres and
14 fish landing ramps.