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5K trawlers to keep off Kerala coast for 52 days

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Starting Sunday midnight, a 52-day ban on will come into effect off the coast prohibiting around 5,000 of these from venturing closer to the coast as it can the breeding process of the fish.

"Any boat which break these rules will be fined Rs 2.5 lakh," said the official,

Until the ban is lifted on the midnight of July 31, the would have to keep away at least 12 nautical miles from Kerala's coastal waters.

However, the ban, that has been imposed annually since 1988, will not apply to the traditional fishermen.

The are banned from fishing in the coastal waters because this is the time when fishes breed and any disturbance to that process will deplete the marine wealth, a state government fisheries told IANS.

As a result of the ban, fish -- a in the coastal state of -- will become costlier. has over 200 marine fishing villages and over seven lakh fishermen.



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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 13:28 IST