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.