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Sea fishing operations kick start in Odisha


Kendrapara (Odisha):  With lifting of government-imposed ban, sea fishing operations got a kick start even as fishing hubs were abuzz with hectic activity along Odisha coast.

In a move to ensure safe and unhindered breeding of sea fish, the Odisha government had clamped a two-month ban on marine fishing operations. The ban order which remained in force from April 15, was lifted yesterday.

The restriction imposed in view of breeding season of fish earlier lasted for 45 days. However, it was extended to 60 days this year as per an order of Union agriculture ministry. The ban was enforced simultaneously in West Bengal, Telengana, and Andhra Pradesh on the eastern coast, a fishery official said.

Fishing vessels along with their crew have reappeared along the sea side, marking the beginning of the seasonal fishing trade. “We are geared up to recommence the fishing voyage. Everybody is optimistic of making up the loss due to the fishing ban. We are ready to fight adverse sea conditions to get higher fish catch,” said a seagoing fisherman, Soumen Manna.

The annual ban was clamped for larger interest of those living on fishing activity. The restriction is imposed every year to allow breeding of fish population. Ban on sea fishing was promulgated under Odisha Marine Fishing Regulation Act, said Deputy Director (Marine Fisheries) Pratap R Rout.

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