Govt open to suggestions on fishing ban: CM


Saying that the government would not make extension of fishing ban to 75 days an ego issue, Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that the government is open to suggestions from the stake holders on the contentious ban period.
“I am of the firm opinion that the fishing ban period ought to be 75 days. Let those who disagree or have different views submit their suggestions to the Fisheries Minister, Avertano Furtado before the demand on Fisheries Department comes before the House”, he told newsmen on the sidelines of the launch of the seafarers pension scheme at the Ravindra Bhavan on Sunday.
“There is no ego problem.  There can be minor adjustments here and there. I believe fish should be allowed to thrive. We can find a solution to boats coming from Karnataka into Goa during the ban period. And, my government is ready to compensate the stakeholders sustaining losses during the additional period”, he said.
Parrikar further said the government is even ready to consider a suggestion to give a break in the ban period, allowing fishing of the solar shrimp.
He replied in the positive when newsmen questioned whether the government intends to extend the fishing ban from the coming monsoon. “I have made the announcement in my budget speech. Certainly, the government would implement the ban from the coming monsoon”, he said.
He said the fishermen community can submit their suggestions to the Fisheries Minister or the MLAs Benjamin D’Silva or Caitu Silva for the consideration of the government.
Incidentally, the Goa Fishermen Federation on Sunday has welcomed the government decision on extending the ban period on condition the ban should be implemented uniformly. The GFF has demanded that not a single motorized canoe should be allowed to venture into the sea barring the traditional fishermen, adding that the fishing vessels from neighbouring States are barred from entering the State’s territorial waters for fishing during the ban period. The Federation has also demanded protection for the Goan fishermen by the coastal police and fisheries department without any excuses. [H]