MUMBAI: From June 1 to July 31, finding Bombil, Pomfret and Surmai in the market will not be so easy. The state fisheries department has announced its annual 61-day ban on mechanized fishing boats during the period which is known to be the breeding period of marine life. The ban aims at preserving marine-ecological balance.
The ban is imposed only on mechanized fishing boats as trawlers could disturb marine life during breeding season. The prohibition, which does not apply to traditional fishing boats, is also meant to curb loss of life and avoid financial losses to fishermen as the weather is rough in monsoon. The state ban on mechanized boats applies up to 12 nautical miles in water bodies while a similar central policy bans fishing beyond 12 nautical mile in deep sea.
If the ban is flouted, the state will take strict action against mechanized fishing and seize stock of fish as per the Maharashtra Marine Fisheries Regulation Act. Also, fishermen with mechanized boats will not be compensated if their boat meets with an accident. The movement of mechanized fishing boats will be completely prohibited, stated the fisheries department.