Prices of fish were expected to go up as the 45-day annual ban on deep sea fishing by mechanized trawlers along the East Coast of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, would commence from midnight tonight.
The annual ban was enforced by the district administration through Fisheries Department to facilitate breeding of fishes and conservation of fish stock in marine ecology. As mandated by the Tamil Nadu Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, 1983, the ban was enforced for "conservation of species propagation" during the breeding season.
The ban would end on the midnight of May 29. More than 10,000 mechanized boats from about 500 villages across the 15 coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will keep off the sea during the period.
Any violation will attract a penalty under Section 5 of the Tamil Nadu Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, 1983.
The officials have instructed mechanized boats fishermen not to venture into the sea to avoid disturbance caused by trawlers to marine life during the breeding season.
However, the ban would not apply to fishermen using country boats or fibre boats for fishing, Indian media reports.