The fishing community in Goa expects that the fishing ban in the Arabian Sea would end by July 31 this year.
After their marathon fight with the state government demanding preponing the fishing ban to July 31 instead of August 15 every year, the fishermen community finally can see the light at the end of tunnel.
Joaquim Alemao, a trawler (mechanised boat) owner who has taken over as fisheries minister last week in Pratapsingh Rane cabinet has assured them to try his best to prepon the ban.
Being a trawler-owner himself, Alemao along with his brother Churchill Alemao, who is member of parliament, are fighting for trawler owners’ cause over a decade now.
“Trawler owners are facing serious financial problems. I am of the opinion that the ban should be advanced,” stated fisheries minister Alemao.
Alemao’s trawler operates from South Goa’s Cutbona jetty. With his initiatives, Goa government is contamplating the possibility of preponing the deadline of fishing ban off Goa shore.
Trawler-owners in the state contend that vessels from neighbouring states like Maharashtra and Karnataka continue fishing in Goan waters during ban.
They also contend that the fishing ban should be preponed to July 31. “The 15 days period between July end to August 15 is crucial as solar prawns (fish) surface during that period. Trawler owners who are in deep financial crisis can salvage themselves with the earnings during that period,” said Alemao.
Goa is basing its case for preponment on the decisions taken by Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala governments who have set up a deadline of July 29 for ban. These states have amended Marine Fishing Regulation Act.
“We will also amend the act in the state. But before that I have asked Advocate general and Law secretary to give their opinion on the matter,” he said.