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North Goa fishermen seek ban on purse seine net fishing

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Traditional fishermen from North Thursday requested the to ban purse seine net in inland waters, which they say was depleting the fish stock and affecting their livelihood.

A group of fishermen, who belong to the areas between and Agassaim along the Zuari river, met and drew his attention to the "rising intrusion" of canoes fitted with purse seine nets in inland waters.

The group of fishermen, led by local Catholic and Francis Silveira, said although these nets were supposed to be used for at least five kms offshore, they were being used in inland waters.

"The purse seine nets are supposed to be used for trawling in the areas that are over five kms away from the coast. They are not supposed to intrude in the territories, where traditional fishermen have been predominantly operating," Vaz said.

During the meeting, they told the how they were left without fish due to "overexploitation" of resources by these canoes.

"In another two-three years, there will be no fish left in the areas around Siridao due to the greed to have a big catch in short time," Vaz said.

Silveira said there were at least 1,000 traditional fishermen operating along the stretch between and Agassaim.

He said the issue was first brought to the notice of the then in 2014, after which seven canoes had been seized by the department.

"They were let off after being issued a warning that they would not venture again in the areas where traditional fishermen operate. For some time, they stayed away but they have again started operating in the area," the MLA said.

Silveira said the should work towards ensuring that there is no conflict between the traditional fishermen and those operating with purse seine nets in and around Siridao.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Palyekar said the department has been keeping a strict watch on such intrusions.

"But due to lack of manpower and machinery, a foolproof arrangement to monitor the illegalities cannot be worked out," he said.

The minister said the fisheries department would soon hold a recruitment drive to get people employed, who will be empowered to do the work of monitoring rivers to avoid such instances.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:00 IST