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Kerala: New concerns awaiting State‚Äôs fisheries sector by K.A. Martin July 27,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

As the annual ban on trawling ends on July 31, it will bring a fresh set of problems for the fisheries sector in the State, now in the grip of COVID-19. There are around 3,600 trawling boats that operate off the coast of Kerala. Most of the workers, numbering around 50,000, in these boats are from Tamil Nadu. Deploying them will be a problem, says P.V. Jayan, representing traditional fishermen in Kerala. He says fishers in Kochi and other places had brought up the problem before the Fisheries Department a fortnight ago, which then issued a standard operating procedure to ensure that fishing activities did not abet the spread of the disease. Joseph Xavier Kalapurackal, representing fishing boat operators, says around 20,000 fishers from Tamil Nadu were already in 14-day quarantine in Kerala. Only those who test negative for COVID-19 would be deployed in the fishing boats.

Sources in the Fisheries Department say the issue of manning trawling boats after the ban has been discussed and a standard operating procedure issued. Care will be taken to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are followed. Mr. Kalapurackal says the sector generates around a lakh jobs and business of Rs.10 crore every day during the trawling season. There are 3,600 boats operating off the coast of Kerala. Of

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