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EXEMPT “MID WATER PELAGIC PAIR TRAWLING” FROM “PROHIBITION” AS IT WAS PERMITTED ENVIRONMENTALLY NO IMPACT ON BOTTOM HABITAT AND SEA BED

 
 
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EXEMPT “MID WATER PELAGIC PAIR TRAWLING” FROM “PROHIBITION” AS IT WAS PERMITTED ENVIRONMENTALLY NO IMPACT ON BOTTOM HABITAT AND SEA BED
by System Administrator - Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 12:04 PM
 

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: The fisherman boat association has requested to clarify or modify the order issued by Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying & Fisheries (DADF) on 10-11-2017 totally prohibiting fishing in the EEZ beyond territorial waters by bull or pair trawling by all boats (Vessels) instead of totally prohibiting fishing in the EEZ beyond territorial waters by "bottom bull or pair trawling” as it was totally prohibited in section 5 EEZ guidelines issued on 12-11-2014 and exempting "Pelagic or mid-water pair or bull trawling” as earlier EEZ guidelines issued on 12-11-2014 permitted "Pelagic or mid-water trawling” by paring method which's was allowed under EEZ guidelines issued by Union Government on 12-11-2014 and revoked on 30-01-2017 and clarification order 03-08-2017 to do fishing in a sustainable manner. Small boats fisherman's livelihood is affected and more than 50000 families are affected by order issued on 10-11-2017 totally prohibiting fishing in the EEZ beyond territorial waters by bull or pair trawling by all boats. Request is made to exempt "Pelagic or mid-water pair or bull trawling” as earlier EEZ guidelines issued on 12-11-2014 under 1(d) it was permitted and Environmentally No impact on bottom habitat and bottom structure of sea bed. Some fisherman have expressed that during August September October since the water temperature get reduced fishes will come to surface which can easily be caught by mid-water trawling” by paring method.Ban should only apply to bottom trawling or bottom pair trawling by big vessels (bottom bull trawling) it damages environment and need to be banned as trawling net damages the seabed .Ban should not apply to mid water pelagic pair trawling or 140 hp boats or vessels pair trawling for mid water pelagic pair trawling which does not affect the environment of sea bed .Banning pair mid water pelagic pair trawling amounts to snatching the livelihood coastal fisherman . Fish that live in the upper water column of the ocean are targeted by pelagic/ mid-water trawls and net does not go to seabed. In mid water trawling, a cone-shaped net can be towed behind a single boat and spread by trawl doors, or it can be towed behind two boats (pair trawling) which act as the spreading device. Midwater trawling catches pelagic fish such as anchovies, shrimp, tuna and mackerel. Midwater trawling is trawling, or net fishing, at a depth that is higher in the water column than the bottom of the ocean.

In view of Central Government order revoking EEZ guidelines issued on 12-11-2014 on 30-01-2017 and clarification order 03-08-2017 the Karnataka Fisheries department must allow small boats fisherman's with 140 HP boats conduct fishing business under pair trawling with "Pelagic or mid-water trawling” method which's was allowed under EEZ guidelines issued by Union Government on 12-11-2014 and revoked on 30-01-2017 and clarification order 03-08-2017 to do fishing in a sustainable manner. And further in view of central government has withdrawn its EEZ guidelines issued by Union Government on 12-11-2014 by an order on 30-01-2017 the Karnataka government order dated 15-11-2016 about banning bull trawling or pair trawling get automatically revoked as it is based on revoked guidelines of Union Government on 12-11-2014.Request letter of "Malpe Trawl Boat Fishers association which is self explanatory for necessary action has reached the fisheries department . The CM of Tamilnadu state had taken strong objection to EEZ guidelines issued by Union Government on 12-11-2014 by writing letter to Sri Naraendra Modi hon'ble Prime minister of India on 03-05-2015 and Indian coast guard informed Kerala High court in WP-C 28818/2016 in court monitored probe by SIT consisting ED CBI NIA Vigilance Commission that central government has withdrawn its EEZ guidelines issued by Union Government on 12-11-2014 by an order dated 30-01-2017 revoking the guidelines and issued further order on 03-08-2017 it is clarified that any Indian fishing vessel licensed and registered in India and with fully Indian crew onboard is free to operate inthe Indian EEZ to do fishing in a sustainable manner and in view of central government has withdrawn its EEZ guidelines issued by Union Government on 12-11-2014 by an order on 30-01-2017 the Karnataka government order dated 15-11-2016 about banning bull trawling or pair trawling get automatically revokedas it is based on revoked guidelines of Union Government on 12-11-2014 and Karnataka government must allow any Indian fishing vessel licensed and registered in India and with fully Indian crew onboard is free to operate inthe Indian EEZ to do fishing in a sustainable manner and Fisheries department must allow small boats fisherman's with 140 HP boats conduct fishing business under "Pelagic or mid-water trawling” method by paring two boats . It is contrasted with bottom trawling. Midwater trawling is also known as pelagic trawling and bottom trawling as benthic trawling.