Guide­lines for deep sea fish­ing re­vised

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - THE CEN­TRAL

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.

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