Mangaluru, July 30, 2015: Fishing boat owners on the Karnataka coast are getting ready for a new season as the two-month deep sea fishing ban for mechanised trawlers will end August 1.
Deep sea fishing was suspended from May 1 to July 31. With just two days left for the new fishing season to begin, the owners of the trawlers are busy making last-minute preparations. Owners are seen performing puja to trawlers at auspicious time, a tradition being followed in these parts ahead of every new fishing season.
Also, fishing boat owners are busy creating a reserve pool of skilled labourers. Apart from locals, skilled labourers from Odisha and Uttar Pradesh were also being roped in by the owners by paying them high wages.
The owners pay the labourers on ’profit sharing terms. The owner of the traweler takes a part of the profit from fishing while the rest is distributed between the labourers. The person driving the trawler (Tandla) and the harrowman (the one who identifies the location of fish) get major share in the profit. There are over 2,500 fishing trawlers in the district.
In the first two to three weeks of the season prawns will be the prized catch. Fishermen make good money netting Tiger prawns and White prawns in the first few weeks.
The breeding season for fish starts in rainy season. So, the government used to impose ban on deep sea fishing for 45 days every year starting from July 15. But this year, the ban on deep sea fishing was for 60 days. The trawlers from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada will take up deep sea fishing from Aug 1.