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Friday, July 29, 2016

Goa’s fish catch goes down

PORVORIM: A shortfall in marine fish catch has been observed from July 2015 to June 2016 as the catch of oil sardines has reduced, fisheries minister Avertano Furtado told the assembly on Friday.

The state's total fish production between July 2014 and June 2015 was 1,14,259 tonnes, but it dropped to 96,189 tonnes between July 2015 and June 2016, the fisheries minister said in a written reply to a question tabled by Congress legislator, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco.
Goa's marine and fisheries product for 2015—comprising shrimps, cuttle fish, squids, tuna, ribbon fish, Indian mackerel, dried fish and other varieties—stood at 34,815 tonnes. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has now been asked to study the impact of LEDs on marine resources.
Goa's traditional fishermen have opposed the use of LED lights by trawlers on the ground that it has been affecting production. There were violent protests by fishermen two months ago, with boat owners even proceeding to block the River Mandovi.
The state has already issued an order banning the use of LEDs for fishing.

TOI Goa News

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