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Kerala: Seafood exports take a hit by K.A. Martin August 04,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

The 6,000-crore seafood export business in Kerala has taken a hit with the pandemic curbs bringing down fishing activities, closing down fishing harbours and landing centres as well as putting severe restrictions on pre-export processing centres. Fishing harbours are closed along the Kerala coast. So are most of the processing units in districts such as Alappuzha, said Alex K. Nainan, president of the Kerala chapter of the Indian Seafood Exporters Association. He said these restrictions had resulted in a situation in which raw material from other States too cannot be processed here. He said export orders for the March-April season could not be fully processed as the restrictions came into effect. Value-addition activities aimed at the coming season had not been carried out either because of the continuing restrictions and efforts to contain the pandemic.

The State Fisheries Department has issued restrictions on activities in the coastal areas from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi considering the spread of the pandemic. The serious spread of the pandemic in the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, and Ernakulam has brought all fishing activities to a standstill.

Fishing boat owners, in the meanwhile, said the annual trawling ban slated to end on July 31 would



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