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Odisha: Climate change forces fishermen to leave home January 06,2020   |  Source: Orissa Post

While 2020 has begun with hopes for many, it’s a gloomy start of the year for the 36-year old fisherman Kubera Behera, as he is succumbed to work for months on a shipping vessel in Maharashtra despite fishing season at his place. Owing to reduced volume and size of fishes in last five years which is fetching low incomes, Kubera, just like many other fishermen from his community in Gunadalba village, Puri, he has succumbed to the need to migrate to other coastal states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to make ends meet.

According to different fishing unions across the state, the average weight of spotted seer fish which weighed over 10 kg earlier has come down to about 5 kg in last five years. These fishes are sold at Rs. 800 per kg and are of high economical value for fishers. Similarly, eel, that were earlier 7 to 8 foot-long, have come down to 3 to 4 feet. “While the width of ribbon fish his reduced from 4 inches to 2 inches. Catch of sardine is also hard to come by,” lamented Suranjan Panda a fisherman from Ganjam. While a number of factors are said to be involved in the reduced size of the fishes, environmentalists and marine biologists have strongly suggested climate change as a major cause contributing to the transformation in the volume and lengths

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