Mangaluru, May 25, 2016: The mechanised fishing ban has been ordered for 61 days during the monsoon - from June 1 to July 31 both days inclusive on the Karnataka coast - fish eaters will have to pay a higher price for their favourite food.
The prices of fish are already sky high this year due to wide demand and supply gap. Though fish will be supplied to the city from Kerala, the cost will be 20% to 25% more than the prevailing rates.
During the fishing ban, all kinds of mechanised boats with engines - outboard as well as on board - above 10 horse power capacity cannot venture into the sea for fishing. However, conventional boats as well as boats fitted with outboard engines up to 10HP can engage in fishing during the period, and that may provide some relief.
The orders are passed annually under the Karnataka Coastal Fishing (Regulation) Act 2014. The ban has been clamped to help fish breeding during monsoon. Any violation of the ban would be dealt with as per the provisions of Karnataka Coastal Fishing Act, 1986.