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Odisha: Fishermen told to use distress alert transmitters June 10,2019   |  Source: Orissa Post

After six and a half months, the district’s fishermen are all set to venture into the sea June 14 for fishing as the marine fishery department is going to lift the ban on fishing within 20 km of the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary on that day. The fishermen are now engaged in extensive preparations as the fishing ban is going to end. The department has directed all fishermen venturing into the sea to take their registration certificates and licenses of their mechanised vessels and their marine fishery identity cards (biometric ID cards) with them, said Manas Ranjan Sahu, assistant director of fishery (marine), Kujanga.

The renewal of license and the registration of boats started April 1, and it would continue till June 30. The owners of mechanised vessels can renew documents by paying a fine till September 28. After September 28 if the department finds boats with invalid documents penalty would be imposed, said Sahu. Around 1,000 mechanised boats have renewed their license, but very few of them have renewed their documents. “We hope after June 15, the owners of mechanised boats would come to us for renewing their documents,” an official said.

As a precautionary measure fishermen have been directed to take safety measures while venturing into the sea. The marine fishery


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