Mangaluru, Aug 1, 2016: The Karavali coast fishing season specially in DK, Udupi and U Kannada districts, is all set to commence from today August 1, Monday as the 61-day ban on fishing ended on Jult 31,Sunday. The government had banned deep sea trawler, purse seine and mechanised boats fishing from June 1 to July 31 in the west coast. Country boats with less than 10 HP outboard engines were out fishing even during the ban period.
More than the fury of the sea, the reason for the 61-day ban was environmental. Monsoon is the breeding season for fish and they lay eggs along the coast during the season. Hence, most of the fish will be along the coast at during the period and easily fall prey to the trawler boats. The reckless fishing during monsoon will adversely affect fishing in the later months.
During the ban period, the big trawlers and so on were pulled to shore for maintenance and kept in seaworthy condition. During the holiday, these boats had been given a complete overhaul and a fresh coat of paint, said a fisherman. The fishermen engage themselves in repairing the net and boats on the sea shore during the ban period.
According to the statistics from Fisheries Department, there are 65 purse seine boats in Dakshina Kannada (and 89 in Udupi), 1,370 gillnet boats (3,998 in Udupi), 515 traditional boats (1,871 in Udupi) and 1,018 trawl boats in Dakshina Kannada (1,949 in Udupi).
There 66,000 fishermen in Dakshina Kannada and 1.20 lakh fishermen in Udupi district. As fishing ban is being implemented effectively since last year, the fishermen are hoping for a good catch this year as well, Fisheries department Deputy Director Kubendra Naik said.
The fishing sector, apart from providing direct employment, also provides indirect employment to the people. The ancillary sectors such as ice production, transportation, hawking, loading and unloading, processing and packing has been employing a large number of people in the region.
Fish lovers are hoping reduction in the price of fish with the commencement of fishing season. During the ban period, the price of fish had skyrocketed. The fish was supplied to Mangaluru from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh coast. As the transportation cost was also included, the price had increased drastically.
Indian Coast Guard-Karnatana advise : The Indian Coast Guard-Karnatana unit has advised the fishermen to undertake seaworthiness checks of their boats before venturing into the deep sea fishing.
A press release issued by Indian Court Guard-Karnataka unit said the fishermen should check weather forecasts, carry DATs (Distress Alert Transmitters), radio communication equipment (VHF), life-saving appliances, documents of boats and biometric identity cards, additional mobile phones/batteries, temporary repair kits, first aid kit, extra fuel and ration, flashlights with additional batteries and necessary medicines while venturing into sea for the fishing. Defective boats should not venture into the sea. Only authorised personnel should be carried onboard. Children below 14 years are not permitted to be employed for fishing at sea. In addition, the fishing boats should operate in pairs or groups.
The Coast Guard Commandant appealed to the fishermen to follow safety procedures while operating in sea. After the break monsoon, monsoon is still vigorous and sea conditions are rough. Negligence can lead to loss of life and property at sea, he has warned.
The Coast Guard Karnataka has also requested all merchant ships and dhows to follow the laid down Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs). The masters of the merchant vessels should ensure seaworthiness of their vessels. They should also ensure even loading and proper securing of the cargo. Frequent rounds of the ships should be undertaken. Maintenance and upkeep of the machinery and propulsion systems should be undertaken as per the schedule. The second anchor and chain cable should be kept standby in case of the merchant vessels at anchorage.
The assistance from Indian Coast Guard can be sought round the clock on toll free number 1554. The following numbers may also be contacted in case of emergency: Police-100, Coast Guard-0824 2405269/2405270 and Ambulance-108. VHF channel 16 can also be utilised for reporting the emergency situation on the boats. In case of distress, details like GPS position, type of emergency, colour of boat and number of crew including photograph should be forwarded for timely assistance, the commandant said in the press release.
Woman saved from drowning in Arabian Sea : Lifeguards of Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project rescued a woman who tried to end her life by jumping into the Arabian Sea, off Someshwar beach on July 30, Saturday. Authorities said the woman, a resident of Chembugudde, Thokkottu, was spotted by the lifeguards in the sea.