Chennai, May 26:
he months-long wait of mechanised boat fishers finally came to an end on Monday
with the Central government’ s announcement to lift the annual fishing ban on May 31.
This would allow fishers in the East Coast states, including Tamil Nadu, to venture into the sea at least 14 days in advance.
“We are glad to announce that the Centre has taken our representations into consideration and is lifting the ban on May 31. We are yet to arrive on the measures to be taken such as number offishers, etc. We will soon come up with the guidelines.”
Over 4,000 mechanised boats, including conventional steel boats, trawlers and deep-sea boats in Tamil Nadu will be allowed into the sea after May 31.
Over 50,000 fishers who used to fish on those vessels will restart fishing, Director of Fisheries GS Sameeran said.
Presently only fibreglass boat fishers are already fishing as they are exempted from the fishing ban.