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Centre mulls uniform ban on fishing off west coast in monsoon

PTI | Last Updated: Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 12:55

Panaji: The Centre is contemplating imposing a uniform ban on fishing activities along the west coast during the monsoons.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said he will call a meeting of Fisheries Ministers of the states concerned to discuss the proposal.

"Some States on west coast have a 45-day ban, while others have it for 60 days. There is no uniformity. Before the next monsoon season, I will meet the Fisheries Ministers so that a uniform ban period on fishing is evolved," he told reporters here.

Singh earlier had a meeting with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and officials from Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries Ministries.

Fishing during the monsoon is prohibited as it is the breeding period for fish. Goa observes two-month ban (June 1 to July 31). A uniform ban will stop intrusion into each other`s territorial waters and allow unhindered fish breeding.

Emphasising on the need to preserve marine resources and focus on aquaculture growth, Singh said the Centre is working on a plan to usher in "blue revolution".
"We have been speaking about a blue revolution. We will provide whatever facilities are required for growth of fisheries," the Minister said.

First Published: Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 12:55
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