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Kerala: Fishermen to intensify protests February 22,2021   |  Source: The Times of India

In a show of strength, traditional fishermen unions and boat owners associations joined hands with people’s representatives to take their battle against the government decision on the signing of MoU with an American company for the fisheries sector. They formed an umbrella forum, Matsya Mekhela Samrakshana Samithi, to spearhead the agitations next week which will culminate in a coastal hartal on Feb 27. “On Monday, we will stage a protest in front of the KSINC (Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation) office in Kochi and march to the fisheries minister’s residence at Thiruvananthapuram,” said Charles George, general convenor of the Samithi. MPs Hibi Eden, and T N Prathapan were also present at a meeting held in Kochi on Saturday to discuss the issue. Fishermen unions have in the last few weeks raised objections against the MoU signed between an American company ‘EMCC International’ and KSINC for a Rs 2950 Cr project for the fishing sector. The project will include building 400 deep-sea fishing trawlers and port development activities in Kerala. Currently, foreign trawlers are more in use in the state making it one of the largest foreign investments in the state.

Meanwhile, KSINC in an official statement termed the controversy as regrettable. “As a


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