Chennai, April 15: In order to protect fish in this breeding season and to increase the fish catch, the fishing ban in the eastern coastal zone has been enforced. Fishermen in mechanized boats will not venture out into the sea during the ban period.This restricted fishing period implemented by the state was a result of protests and agitations held by small-scale fishers to curb near-shore trawling that had been going on for several decades.Treading on the fine line between the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen and simultaneously conserving fish stocks for long-term subsistence is evidently challenging. These are also the goals of fisheries management.
Fishermen from Tiruvallur in North to Kanya Kumari in the south will not venture out into sea till the end of May. Each fishermen family will be given Rs 5000 as compensation by the state government during the ban period.
The fisheries authorities have stopped issuing tokens for fishing to fishermen. The 45-day fishing ban for mechanized boats is enforced for fish species propagation under the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Regulation Act. This is to protect fish during their breeding season and increase the fish catch.