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Karnataka: Fishing sector takes a hit due to virus scare, labour shortage August 03,2020   |  Source: Deccan Herald

The Covid-19 scare and non-availability of labourers have deeply affected the lives of people dependent on the fishing industry in the Udupi district. There are more than 1,700 mechanised boats in Malpe fisheries port. Thousands of people earn their livelihood from the sector. Once the fishing season commences, the activities will commence in the port with the auctioning of the fish catch and export of the fish outside the state.

However, the fishermen representatives fear that the entire port will be sealed if anyone contracts coronavirus. The sealing down of the port will have its impact on the economy and financial conditions of the fishermen, said fishermen leaders. Malpe Fishermen Association President Krishna Suvarna said the fishing sector has been suffering for various reasons for the past two years and added that now due to Covid-19, the boat owners are facing the burden of loan. “The industries dependent on the fishing sector are also in distress. We could not carry out fishing properly during this year,” Suvarna said. “We did not get any expected support from the government as well,” he alleged.

“The decision to resume mechanised fishing will be taken shortly after consulting the fisheries minister, MLAs and deputy commissioner. A meeting of the

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