Kendrapara, Oct 21 (LocalWire): Incessant rains due to back-to-back low pressure systems have put a halt on the livelihood of the fishermen of the coastal district of Kendrapara.
“There have been three back-to-back low pressure systems within the last month.
We are waiting for the good weather to return before venturing into the sea,” said Ashok Mandal of the fishing village Kharinashi.
“The COVID-19 restrictions coupled with unpredictable weather conditions have added to the woes of fishermen.
The state government should provide diesel subsidies to the fishermen to mitigate their sorry plight.
Many fishermen cannot afford to go out to sea anymore because of high fuel prices, while fish prices remain the same,” said Tusharkant Sardar, the president of the district unit of Odisha Traditional Fish Workers Union. (OTFWU) .
Large numbers of marine fishermen of the state ventured into the sea for fishing on 15th June after the 60 day long “Fishing Ban” in effect from 15th April to 14th June was finally lifted.
The ban is imposed every year to facilitate an increase in the fish population through natural breeding.
We have managed only 30-40 days of fishing between then and now, said the fishermen.
“Authorities warn fishermen against venturing into the sea during bad weather periods. But some fishermen slyly venture for fishing, risking their lives as they hope for a good catch because of the abundant monsoon rainfall.
We have recently organized awareness camps among the fishermen in the fishing villages in both the districts and tried to convince them not to fish during inclement weather.
The fisheries department will take action against the fishermen who venture into the sea ignoring adverse weather warnings,” said Manas Ranjan Sahoo, the Additional Director of Fisheries (Marine) department, Kujang.