Rs 1.58-cr earmarked to guard Goa waters from mechanised fishing

 The Goa government has earmarked Rs 1.58 crore this year to preserve marine wealth including fisheries from mechanised trawling during the annual fishing ban.

Panaji: The Goa government has earmarked Rs 1.58 crore this year to preserve marine wealth including fisheries from mechanised trawling during the annual fishing ban.

The government has designed a scheme to strictly enforce fishing ban period and also guard restricted zones of water along the Goa coast, said an explanatory memorandum on the state budget which was tabled during the ongoing State Legislative Assembly session.

The government has said that it wants to guard the waters from mechanised fishing so as to protect the fishing area for traditional fishermen and to ensure conservation of fishery resources in keeping with the provisions of Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1981.

"The budget estimate in this regard for the year 2015-16 is Rs 158 lakh," reads the document placed on the floor of the House.

The annual fishing ban from June 1-July 31 midnight in the coastal state is for facilitating the spawning of aquatic life.

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