Ban On Fishing In Bay of Bengal Ends Today

The 61-day prohibition on fishing activities in Bay of Bengal is coming to an end on Wednesday. The AP government bars fishing activities every summer to ensure a safe breeding season for aqua life of different species.
Ban On Fishing In Bay of Bengal Ends Today

Visakhapatnam: The 61-day prohibition on fishing activities in Bay of Bengal is coming to an end on Wednesday. The AP government bars fishing activities every summer to ensure a safe breeding season for aqua life of different species.

This year the ban came into force on April 14 and lasted for two months as against 47 days in 2014. The period was increased to 61 days thereafter as the catch dwindled drastically. As many as 17,000 fisher folk earn a living out of fishing activities carried out in the deep sea.  About 700 mechanized boats and 2500 motor boats anchored along the long coast line would venture into sea on Wednesday after a long hiatus, infusing fresh enthusiasm and optimism among the fisher folk.

The State government extended ₹ 4,000 for each affected family during the prohibition period for compensating the loss. The fisher folk complain that the financial assistance rendered to them is so little that it does not cater to their needs, given the increased prices of commodities.

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Depression in Bay of Bengal

  • Cyclonic storm likely

Bhubaneswar: A deep depression formed over the Bay of Bengal is expected to turn into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and hit the Odisha coast, according to the Met Department.

Bhubaneswar Met office said the actual impact on Odisha can be stated only after the cyclonic storm, named Kyant, recurves close to the Myanmar coast. The depression is likely to impact at least 10 districts in Odisha.

Cautionary Signal Number One has been hoisted at all ports in Odisha and fishermen have been advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea.

According to an Acuweather report, the worst conditions will remain over the northern Bay of Bengal where torrential rain and strong winds will be a danger to any boats in the area.

The newly formed storm will turn northwest on Tuesday and Wednesday moving farther into the open Bay of Bengal, but moving towards northeast India and Bangladesh.

The worst conditions are expected later Thursday into Friday as the storm moves inland in either northeast India or Bangladesh. Widespread heavy rainfall will elevate the risk for flooding, the report has cautioned.

Rain could begin to lash areas from Kolkata through southern Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon with conditions worsening on Wednesday night into Thursday as the storm continues to approach, the report said.

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