Mangaluru, May 15, 2015: According to a press release, the Department of Fisheries on May 14, Thursday banned fishing by mechanised boats from June 1 to July 31 across the Karnataka coast. The ban has been imposed to allow natural breeding of fish during the monsoon.
Trawlers and conventional boats fitted with engines with more than 10 HP capacity are prohibited from venturing into the sea for fishing activities. Similarly, use of nets and other similar equipment to catch fish has been banned. The ban has been enforced as per the Karnataka Marine Fishing (Regulation) Act.
Further, the Union Ministry for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has also banned fishing by mechanised boats in all coastal States of the country from 12 to 200 nautical miles out at sea. It had thus, implemented a uniform ban for all coastal States.
Fishermen and fishing boats violating the ban would be penalised as per the provisions of the Act. Besides this, they would also become ineligible for getting subsidised diesel for one year. All fishermen are urged to follow this directive and cooperate with the government or face serious action.