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Tamil Nadu: Marine Enforcement Wing to keep check on banned fishing practices December 06,2019   |  Source: The New Indian Express

The banned fishing practices are soon to be dealt by law as the fisheries department will have its law enforcement entity called the Marine Enforcement Wing (MEW), operational in two months. The wing is part of a state-wide initiative of the animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries department to enforce Tamil Nadu Marine Fishing Regulation Act (TMFRA). “The Marine Enforcement Wing will give the much-needed teeth to the fisheries department in tackling banned fishing practices, conflicts, coastal violations and other means of illegal activities. The fisheries department had been requesting for its law enforcement wing. It will become fully operational by the end of January,” said R Amal Xavier, joint director of Nagapattinam Fisheries Department.

Nagapattinam has the longest coastline of 187 kilometres. It has 50 fishing villages, 3 major harbours and 5963 registered vessels. There are a lot of unregistered vessels also, both mechanized and non-mechanized. Nagapattinam will have the most number of staffs in the State’s Marine Enforcement Wing. It will have 112 staff in 19 units in 13 coastal districts across the State under the Directorate of Fisheries.

It should be noted that there have been several cases of banned fishing by Nagapattinam fishers like purse seine, pair

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