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India: Foreign fishing vessels poaching in Indian waters will be punished, says central govt November 27,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

The Union ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying has stated that foreign fishing vessels are not allowed to fish in Indian waters and they would be detained and punished. The statement was issued by fisheries development commissioner (in-charge) of the Union government in response to an issue in this regard raised by Tamil Nadu-based fishermen activist P Justin Antony. In September, Antony, president of International Fishermen Development Trust (INFIDET), wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting illegal fishing by foreign vessels in Indian waters in the three main seas along the shores of the country – from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea. “Foreign vessels are plundering our fishing wealth in all the seas.

This is making life difficult for our fishermen,” he said. In his letter, the activist urged the central government not to allow foreign ships in Indian waters for fishing and fishing-related activities. He also stated that Indian fishermen should be allowed for deep sea fishing without restrictions, as it would not only provide better opportunities but also help keep a check on the illegal entry of foreign vessels. Responding to the letter forwarded to the fisheries minister, the development commissioner said, “As per the extant

 

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