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Andhra Pradesh: Seine fishing proves a boon during ban May 09,2016   |  Source: The Hindu

Notwithstanding the 60-day fishing ban in the Bay of Bengal to pave the way for breeding of fish species, fishermen from Kakinada rural are venturing into the sea for fishing by using shore seines. As the ban is only on venturing into the sea by using mechanised boats for fishing, the fishermen have found an alternative in the form of shore seines and using the nets to catch fish on the stretch between Suryaraopeta and Uppada every day.

Fishermen from the vicinity are dividing into groups and sharing the sea for seining for fish. Though they claim that they catch only Mackerel (seasonal fish being used in the fish meal), there is no scope for the breeders to escape from the nets, as the shore seine goes as deeper as 30 to 40 metres into the sea from the coast.

“Species like monodon (tiger) are bottom feeders. A depth of 20 metres is enough for them to breed. There is every possibility of these species getting caught in the shore seines,” observes T. Rajyalakshmi, former director of the Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture and president of the Society for Promotion of Integrated Coastal Areas Management (SPICAM).

“Even in the shore seines, the fishermen here are using the ones with small eyes. Which means, the fish can’t escape from the fishing net

 

© 2016, The Hindu

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