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Karnataka: Deep sea fishing not to resume from August 1 July 30,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

Fishermen in Mangaluru will resume deep sea fishing tentatively from September 1. If the spread of COVID-19 does not come under control by then, it might be further delayed. A meeting of fishermen representatives here on Wednesday decided not to resume the deep sea fishing from August 1 after the 47-day fishing holiday comes to an end by this month end. It is in view of issues relating to COVID-19.

Nitin Kumar, president, Mangaluru Trawl Boat Owners’ Association and former chairman of Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC), said that Mangaluru had about 1,200 boats involved in deep sea fishing. About 75% workers in them are from outside Karnataka. They are mainly from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand. In the absence of train and inter-State bus facilities they are not in a position to return. Even if they return, they will have to undergo 14 days’ home quarantine. Mr. Kumar said that the issues relating to transporting the marine catch are yet to be addressed. The transporters have said that the factories and exporters have not yet assured them of resuming the processing. Unless the chain from fishing to processing is re-established it would be difficult to resume fishing.

He said that the fishermen in Mangaluru will meet again

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