Mangaluru: Due to bad weather, cyclone and the less availability of fish, most of the fishing boats have already stopped their operations and anchored on the coast.
Though the annual ban on fishing commences from May 31, most of the fishing boats have already stopped functioning. Most of the workers who are engaged in fishing activities are from Tamil Nadu and north Karnataka. With fishing stopped, they have already left for their native places.
There were 1,134 Persian and trawl boats, 1,396 gill net boats and 531 traditional boats in Dakshina Kannada district. As per the calculation, the fishing boats which venture into the sea for deep sea fishing for 10 days should get at least Rs 6 Lakh worth of fish. However, since they do not get sufficient quantity of fish, they were forced to anchor their boats prior to the deadline of fishing ban, informed Trawl Boat Fishermen Association President Nithin Kumar.
Nithin Kumar also said that the fishing boats need to be spend more fuel while going for deep sea fishing and if there is no sufficient catch, it is a loss for them.
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