Saturday, July 19, 2008
Beginning from the second week of June, mechanical fishing is banned till mid-August. To the fishermen, it means a two-month long ' forced vacation'. Along the 350 km Karnataka coastline (starting from Sadashivgarh in Karwar to Talpadi in Mangalore), around 9,000 Persin trawlers and around 20,000 conventional (country) boats fish in the more than 10 fishing ports maybe around 40,000 are parked.
The declining fish population, in spite of the annual ban, remains a mystery. The fish population is diminishing at an annual rate of 25 per cent, say official sources.