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Telangana: North Andhra fishermen in troubled waters February 14,2017   |  Source: The Hindu

It is an undeclared fishing holiday for North Andhra fishermen following fast depletion in catch and exorbitant increase in operation cost.

Of 700 mechanised boats, which are operated from Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour, only 20 to 30% are going on voyage mostly towards northern side to Gopalpur and Puri of Odisha. Faced with an uncertain future, some of the fishermen have even decided to resort to distress sale of their boats. Korada Satyanarayana, a boat owner, told The Hindu that the situation had come to such a pass that even he tried to sell his boat in Kakinada after finding no taker in the city but he was shocked to find out that the situation was also the same there.

“There are no takers even though we are ready to sell the boats at almost half of its original cost,” he bemoaned. This typifies the situation prevailing in the fishing sector. “We have sent SoS to the authorities but none is coming to our rescue,” pointed out Dolphin Boat Operators’ Welfare Association president Ch. Satyanarayana Murthy. “The fall in catch started for the past four to five years. Now we are not getting enough to meet our fuel and ration cost,” he pointed out.

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