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TN govt cracks whip against fishermen using banned nets

Press Trust of India  |  Rameswaram (TN) 

The with the help of the Thursday seized around 80 banned fishing nets from fishermen here, officials said.

The has been complaining about Indian fishermen allegedly using banned fishing nets, destroying their fish species. It had charged the Indian fishermen with poaching even protected fish species.

The state said banned fishing nets not only caused severe damage to the fish population in the seas, but also resulted in pollution and contamination in

Despite repeated warnings, the fishermen were allegedly using the "irattai madi" (double fold) nets, killing fish species in the

The told that it seized banned fishing nets from 86 fishing boats with the help of the

Kathavarayan also said the Fisheries Department had been acting time and again and had slapped a fine of Rs 26 lakh in the last few months on fishermen who had used banned nets.

However, they were repeatedly indulging in violating the Wildlife Act and using banned nets, he added.

The said the department did not have to tackle the issue of fishermen violating norms and soon one boat would be procured to monitor the fishermen.

He warned that in future the boats would also be seized along with the fishing nets if the fishermen continued to violate the norms.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 13:15 IST