November 28,2016 | Source: The Hindu
In a bid to sensitise fishermen on security issues and conservation of endangered and prohibited marine species, joint patrolling exercise was launched off the Thoothukudi coast on Thursday. The joint operation was carried out by the Coastal Security Group (CSG) personnel and officials from the departments of Fisheries and Forest.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, CSG, N.K. Stanley Jones, who led the operation, told The Hindu that it was essential for all fishermen to carry registration certificate books of their boats, biometric identity cards, first aid kit and life saving equipment including lifejacket and lifebuoy. Stressing the need for it, the team involving Mr. Jones, Joint Director of Fisheries P. Reena Selvi, Inspector of Thoothukudi Marine Police C. Muhesh Jeyakumar, Thoothukudi Range Officer R. Gunsekaran, conducted checks in fishing boats at sea.
The fishermen need to be aware of the security aspects along coastal areas. They were asked to remain alert on spotting strangers and suspicious activities. The officials also briefed them on the safety measures to be adopted while at sea. The fishermen were informed of initiating active measures in a timely manner in such situations. They should inform the CSG through toll free helpline –‘1093’ or report to any
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