Karwar: The fishing ban will be in place from June 1 to July 31 (61 days) across the coastal belt. With this, all the mechanised boats venturing into fishing will be anchored soon.
Several pockets witnessed a shortage of fish a couple of days ago and many fishermen were forced to anchor their boats way before the fishing ban.
Stern action will be initiated against those who violate the rules and venture into fishing using boats fitted with machines exceeding 10hp. The diesel subsidy of such boats too would be withdrawn for one year. Only traditional boats and other boats with engines less than 10 HP will be allowed to venture into fishing.
While the ban on fishing is imposed to ensure the breeding of fish and also for the safety of the fishermen who risk their lives while fishing during the monsoons, the fishermen utilise the ban period to repair their boats and get ready for the next fishing season.
The boats that remain in the water for ten months in a year are lifted out and repaired. Nets are also mended so as to enable a timely plunge back into business once the ban is lifted.
The Coast Guards will keep a vigil on fishing boats during the ban period.
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