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Traditional fishermen in Goa have given a one-month deadline to implement ban on LED fishing February 21,2020   |  Source: The Navhind Times

Traditional fishermen in the state have given a one-month deadline to the fisheries department to implement ban on LED fishing and bull trawling failing which they have threatened to launch an agitation against the department. Interacting with media persons after meeting Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues in Panaji, general secretary of ‘Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott’ Olencio Simoes said that rampant illegal fishing by trawlers has caused damage to the rivers and the sea and also adversely affected the livelihood of ramponkars – the traditional fishing community.

“Use of LED and bull trawling is finishing our traditional business. We will wait for one month and see what progress is made in implementation of the ban; else we will have no option but to organise a bigger agitation than that of 2016,” Simoes said. It may be noted that in May 2016, hundreds of fishermen had blocked road at fisheries department and the river channels of Mandovi and Sal demanding a ban on LED fishing. When they had refused to clear the way, police had to resort to lathi-charge on the protesting fishermen.

Simoes questioned as to why the department has failed to implement the ban even after four years. He said it is because of illegal fishing that the prices of fish have

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