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Maharashtra: How overfishing affects Gabit fishermen by Aniket Gawade October 08,2021   |  Source: Youthkiawaaz

“My father told me to not go into full-time fishing”, says Shweta Hule. Hule is in her late fifties and conducts mangrove safaris in Vengurla, Sindhudurg. A fisherwoman earlier, she says her father predicted a downfall in the fishing business for the locals nearly a decade ago. “People don’t prefer getting married to a fisherman due to the uncertainty in the business these days. There are 35-40-year-old men in our village who are still unmarried.”, she told Youth Ki Awaaz. Additionally, extended monsoons and extreme weather patterns caused largely due to climate change have impacted the viability of their operations, making it difficult for them to make a living.

Impact Of Overfishing, Climate Change

Globally, marine and coastal ecosystems are considered to be extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and climate-change processes like ocean warming and sea-level rise. The Gabits, known for practising sustainable fishing in coastal Maharashtra, for generations, find themselves particularly vulnerable. While the community follows traditional techniques like prohibiting the catch of juvenile fish by using nets of particular mesh size and avoiding fishing during the month of August ( culturally considered breeding season for fish by the community), they say that the

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