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Tamil Nadu: Fishermen along Nagapattinam-Mayiladuthurai coastline prefer to go in for deep sea fishing January 13,2022   |  Source: The Hindu

Against the backdrop of mid-sea attack by Sri Lankan Navy at Palk Bay at periodic intervals, fishermen along Nagapattinam-Mayiladuthurai coastline seem to be inclined to avail themselves of the government scheme for deep sea fishing.

The Fisheries Department has sought to reach out to potential beneficiaries in the two districts with its 50 percent subsidy scheme for purchase of tuna liner-cum- gill netter fishing vessel. The scheme for purchase of a such a boat that entails 50 per cent subsidy to a maximum of Rs. 30 lakh requires the beneficiaries to contribute the remaining 50 percent of the cost.

Fishermen could apply for the scheme in a group of six, or as cooperatives or as individuals. Factoring in readiness of fishermen in the districts to switch over to deep sea fishing to avoid mid-sea conflicts with Sri Lankan Navy, the Government must broaden the ambit of the 50 percent subsidy scheme to enlist fishermen in large numbers, Mohandas, a fisher representative of Akkaraipettai emphasised.

Only through scaling up the number of beneficiaries can the positive impact of deep sea fishing that would, in the long run, reflect in recouping of fisheries resources in Palk Bay, be determined, said Mahendran, a representative of Kilinjalmedu hamlet in Karaikal district,



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