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Kerala: Proposed shipping corridor near Kollam coast will hurt us, say Kerala fishermen by Haritha John August 04,2020   |  Source: The News Minute

A recent order by the Indian government to mark a shipping corridor along the Quilon Bank in Kerala’s Kollam has drawn flak from fishermen associations, who say that indigenous fishing communities would lose their livelihood as a result of the proposal. The Kerala government has also decided to express its dissent to the union government. Organisations like the National Fishermen Forum point out that they are in support of shipping corridors, as it would help avoid the collision of fishing boats and ships. However, they say that the new corridor proposed by the Ministry of Shipping is a favoured fishing ground, and would badly hit the livelihood of fishermen in the region.

The corridor that passes through the 200 to 500-meter depth zone off the Kollam coast will become a banned area for fishermen and those who trespass it could be punished, once it comes up. The associations estimate that around 25,000 fishermen will be affected due to the move. "We welcome a corridor route as far as it is beyond 500 meters in depth on the edge of continental shelf. It shouldn’t intrude into shallow areas beyond the shelf, which are favourable fishing grounds," T Peter from the National Fishermen Forum (NFF) said.

"This is an important fishing area on the South West coast with all

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