Trawling ban off Kerala coast comes into effect

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 14: A 47-day ban on trawling by mechanised boats off the Kerala coast up to 12 nautical miles will come into effect from today midnight as an annual monsoon season regulation to conserve marine resources from being depleted during the spawning season.

Over 3000 fishing boats in major fishery centres like Kollam and Kochi will remain berthed to harbour during the ban period though there would not be restriction in fisherfolk venturing to the Arabian sea in country craft. Fisheries Department has stepped up patrolling off the Kerala coast for effective implementation of the ban, an official statement said here.

Mechanised boats from outside the state had been directed to leave the coast. Having a long coast stretching from north-to-south, Kerala has over one million families depending on fishing as their livelihood.

Studies by scientific agencies have brought out that the monsoon-time ban on bottom-trawling, which has been in force for over two decades, has helped improve habitat of marine fish stock.


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