Guidelines for deep sea fishing revised
government has issued revised guidelines for deep sea fishing by big ships in the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), an area of the sea between 22 km and 370 km from the coast. The guidelines permit fishing with letter of permission from the Centre. They were issued even as fisher communities in 10 coastal states are agitating against permission for fishing by big vessels in EEZ. "For the past many years we have been highlighting how deep sea fishing by big ships in Indian waters is affecting the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of fishers who use traditional, motorised and mechanised boats to catch fish," says Vincent Jain, chief executive officer of the Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen, Thoothoor, Tamil Nadu.