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Kerala: Crackdown on illegal fishing November 19,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

Noticing a spurt in the illegal fishing practices using coconut flower stalks and plastic bottles by non-Kerala fishers off the Kozhikode coast, the district administration has decided to step up its coastal surveillance measures with the support of Marine Enforcement Squad and the Coastal Police.

At a meeting chaired by District Collector Seeram Sambasiva Rao here on Monday, the Marine Enforcement Squad was asked to have sufficient number of patrol boats to improve their daily sea patrol and track all illegal fishing attempts. The local police too were asked to have better vigil against the loading and unloading of banned fishing materials in the coastal area. Officials from the Fisheries Department and various trade union leaders were present at the meeting. The issue was taken up by the district administration after a group of fishers from Kozhikode locked horns with the Tamil Nadu fishers who allegedly employed the illegal means for fishing off the Kozhikode coast. On Saturday, the fishers had also blocked Tamil Nadu boats near the Beypore estuary seeking stern action from the Fisheries Department.

Tension was mellowed in the area following the intervention of the local police. They also seized illegal fishing materials from some of the boats. Following the scuffle

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