Rise in fishing: Fisheries Minister stresses the need to protect fish species
Mangaluru: Fishing has grown immensely in coastal Karnataka and if this trend continues like this then many of the fish species might vanish from the coastal Karnataka. Meanwhile, supply of fish is higher than what we really need in the state and necessary measures should be taken by us to protect fish as a major resource from the coastal sea, said Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Sports and Youth Affairs on Wednesday in a discussion program held at Patrika Bhavan in the city. The event was jointly organized by Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists Association and Press Club. The minister opined the fact that, there is need to formulate new rules and regulation to protect small fishes and fishes ready to deliver eggs for reproduction. The ministry has asked the Union Agriculture Minister to call a meeting of fisheries ministers of all states to discuss the ways to conserve fish species in Indian coastal areas. Checking at Processing Units Around 80% of the fish caught from the sea is transported to the processing units in the state and remaining portion is supplied to the local market. Small fishes and fishes ready deliver eggs shouldn’t be transported to the processing units instead they must stay in the sea. To prevent such catching and transportation the government is planning to appoint inspectors for checking. Meanwhile, the ministry is working to prepare such a law focusing the protection of rare fish species, small fishes and fishes ready for reproduction, the minister pointed out. Inland Fishing Unfortunately, inland fishing is completely neglected in the state. Only 1% of the total capacity fishing is going on in Karnataka and there is need to gain much form it, the Minister added. There are 2,300 ponds, 100 reservoirs and rivers are located in the state. Diesel Subsidy Sales Tax Repay for Fishing Boats, a new scheme was introduced in 2015-16. Under this, the fishing boat owners are entitled to get a sum as financial aid which is equivalent to diesel sales tax paid while purchasing diesel for the respective boats. The amount of Rs 65.70 crore has been disbursed to the bank accounts of the 3,451 fishing boat owners during March to October 2016 period. The state government has allocated Rs 100 crore for this aid in the budget, the minister said.
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