Kendrapara, Feb 26 (LocalWire): It’s a brisk business for illegal oyster traders in Odisha with the government clamping a seven-month ban on fishing to protect the endangered Olive Ridley turtles in Gahiramatha marine sanctuary.
To cash in on the lean period, fishermen are working round the clock to make the most out of oyster trade.
The fishing ban will be in force from November 1 to May 31.
Sangram Mandal, an oyster trader from Mahakalapada, said his business was doing very good.
The oyster trade is mainly carried out in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts.
“Oyster provides a supplementary income. However, during the ban period, it becomes a main source of income. They make a tidy profit during that time,” said Arjun Mandal VP of fishermen’s association.
Oyster is a common name for a number of salt-water bivalve molluscs. The government has made it illegal to catch oysters as it is an important food for the Olive Ridleys turtles.
Traders from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other areas also come here to buy oysters which is illegal. Oyeters are a special delicacy and in great demand in Far East countries.
However, Manas Ranjan Sahoo, the additional director of fishery (Marine), Kujang, said: “We will take stringiest action against those who illegally catch and supply oysters.”