RAMESWARAM: The Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department with the help of the Indian Coast Guard seized around 80 banned fishing nets from fishermen on Thursday.
As per the report, the Sri Lankan Navy has been complaining about Indian fishermen allegedly using banned fishing nets, destroying their fish species.
“Banned fishing nets not only caused severe damage to the fish population in the seas but also resulted in pollution and contamination in fish food”, said the state Deputy Director of Fisheries E Kathavarayan.
“The Fisheries Department had slapped a fine of Rs 26 lakh in the last few months on fishermen who had used banned nets. However, they were repeatedly indulging in violating the Wildlife Act and using banned nets”, he added.
“The fisheries department seized banned fishing nets from 86 fishing boats with the help of the Indian Coast Guard”, said department official.
The fisheries official said the department did not have sufficient infrastructure to tackle the issue of fishermen violating norms and soon one boat would be procured to monitor the fishermen.
He warned that in future the boats would also be seized along with the fishing nets if the fishermen continued to violate the norms.
Despite repeated warnings, the fishermen were allegedly using double-fold nets, killing fish species in the Gulf of Mannar.
With inputs from PTI