Fishing operations by mechanized trawlers have been suspended in the Palk Strait in view of the annual festival at St Antony's Church situated on the Katchatheevu Islet in Sri Lankan waters.
All mechanized trawlers from Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu have been instructed not to go for fishing, fromWednesday to Sunday.
During these days, the fishing trawlers that have registered for pilgrimage will be screened.
Fisheries officials in Rameswaram said that the fishing was stopped temporarily for safety reasons and fishing activities will resume on February 22nd, after the festival.
However, the ban is not applicable to country boat fishermen.
Fisheries officials said final round of verification of the registered boats for voyage was underway in Rameswaram.