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Kerala: Fishing activities in State to resume from August 5 with riders July 31,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

Fishing activities along Kerala shores will be allowed to resume from August 5 subject to stringent conditions, given the worsened COVID-19 scenario in the State. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty Amma on Thursday as the 2020 edition of the monsoon season trawling ban is ending on July 31 midnight.

For the time being, boats and crew from neighbouring States will not be allowed to enter Kerala harbours/fish landing centres or participate in fisheries-related activities in view of the COVID-19 situation. Formal orders in this regard are expected to be out on Friday. Fishermen from the State who venture out to sea from August 5 will have to adhere to stringent disease containment protocols, given the extent of spread of COVID-19 in the coastal areas. Boats will be allowed out to sea on alternate days under an odd-even scheme based on their registration numbers. Physical distancing norms and use of sanitiser and face masks will be strictly enforced. The crew strength in the boats also will be regulated.

By August 5, management committees will be formed in all fish landing centres and fisheries harbours. The committees will be responsible for the fixation of price. Strict regulations will be in place for the

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