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Karnataka: July 29 meet holds key for resumption of deep-sea fishing off Karnataka coast by Jaideep Shenoy July 27,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

Uncertainty shrouds resumption of deep-sea fishing off Karnataka coast with the 47-day fishing holiday ending on July 31. Fuelling this uncertainty is the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the coastal district. To tide over this situation, fishermen representatives and other stakeholders will meet on July 29 to decide if the 1,200 odd fishing boats in this coastal city will keep their tryst with the deep-sea starting August 1.

“Representatives of purse seine boat owners and other stakeholders will take a call on resuming fishing at this meeting, Nitin Kumar, president, Mangaluru Trawl Boat Owners’ Association,”said. Around 4000 workers on the 1,200 fishing boats are migrant labourers from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand. Issue of quarantine, maintaining social distancing will be the key issues to be resolved before fishing commences, he added.

Noting that the possibility of fishing holiday being extended due to Covid-19 is removed, Nitin said it will be the primary duty of stakeholders to work out a SOP to ensure ‘Covid-19’ free fishing operations. The meeting will explore feasibility of postponing operations by some more days, he said. Around 900 of the 1,200 boats are trawl boats with a crew complement of 8-10 members spending

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