Mangaluru, June 02, 2015: Speaking media, an official from fisheries department said compared to the previous year, there was an increase in fish catch during the year. Fish catch during 2014-15 was placed at1,50,525 metric tonnes, in Dakshina Kannada.
For the year 2013-14, the fish catch was 1.48 lakh metric tonnes. Specifically, an increase in the catch of sardine and bondas during the year was seen. The fish catch in April was 13,521 metric tonne, May-14,062 metric tonne, June-2,287 metric tonne, July-942 metric tonne, August-11,405 metric tonne, September-17,503 metric tonne, October-16,115 metric tonne, November-13387 metric tonne, December-14,409 metric tonne, January-14,103 metric tonne, February-17,209 metric tonne and March- 15,582 metric tonne.
The annual ban on deep sea fishing using boats fitted with 10 hp engines have come into effect from Monday. The ban is imposed to allow fish to breed and will remain in force for 61 days till July 31.
The mechanised boats mounted with engines above 10 HP capacity, will not be allowed to enter the sea. The region’s supply of fish during this holiday will come from the east coast.
During the ban period, fishermen generally go for traditional fishing to earn their livelihood. Country craft is used for the purpose. They venture four to five nautical miles into the sea and catch fish in traditional way. Others go for fishing in the inland water bodies like rivers and lakes. Under Coastal Fishing (Regulation) Act 1986, the ban on fishing has been enforced.
An official from fisheries department stated, accidents occurring during the period of the ban will be the sole responsibility of individuals and the government will not pay any relief or compensation. The mechanised boats which do not adhere to the ban, will lose subsidised supply of diesel. The move of the government to introduce uniform 61-day ban on fishing by mechanised boats along with the west coast has been welcomed by the fishermen community. In the past the ban on fishing was for 57 days in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada.
Fishermen leader Vasudeva Boloor said that in previous years, there was no uniform ban on fishing. When fishing was banned here, fishermen from Goa used fish near Karwar. This was a disturbance to the ban, The the uniform ban in force will hopefully get bumper fish catch in the coming year.
Trawl Boat Fishermen Association President Nithin Kumar stated that the ban on fishing will increase the rates of fish. The traditional boats can not cater to the full demand of the region. The fishermen catch commonly found fish in rivers and lakes like "Kaane," "Mugudu," "Payye," "Bale meenu," "Kari meenu" and others which have a good demand in the rainy season.
Youth fishing with rods or nets are a common sight along the banks of the rivers Nethravathi, Phalguni, Kumaradhara, small streams and water bodies during monsoon, this caters to small needs.