The fishermen of Kerala have urged the Prime Minister to take steps to
reduce the annual monsoon trawling ban period from 61 days to one month in view
of their deteriorating economic situation following the incidence of corona
The All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators’ Association has submitted a
memorandum to the Prime Minister urging his intervention to reduce the annual
monsoon trawling ban period from 61 days to 30.
Union government had
recently issued a notification restoring the trawl ban for 61 days
The Union government had recently issued a notification restoring the trawl
ban period for the west coast to 61 days from June 1 to July 31. The
association urged the Prime Minister to consider the plight of the fishermen
who are struggling to survive due to the depleting marine resources and loss of
workdays due to Covid-induced lockdown.
Last year the Union
government had reduced the trawl ban period to 47 days
“We got only less than 100 workdays in 2020 due to the lockdown and Covid
restrictions imposed by the government. The livelihood of 3.5 lakh people who
are employed in the sector has been severely affected. Last year the Union
government had reduced the trawl ban period to 47 days considering the plight
However, the Kerala government extended the ban to 52 days,” said general
secretary Joseph Xavier Kalapurackal.
He said there has been a steep decline in
catch due to global warming and climate change. As the country is witnessing a
second Covid wave, there are apprehensions of more restrictions and this may
affect the livelihood of coastal people.