Fishing ban along the Western Coast became effective from 1 June 2015. The ban will be in place for 61 days till 31 July 2015 in all the western coast states except in Kerala.
Kerala decided to stick to the 47-day ban, as in previous years, and allowed its fishermen to continue operating till June 15.
Against the order of the Union Government, Kerala had sought some relaxation as it would affect the livelihood of its fisherfolk along the 450-km coastal belt of the state.
Hence, as a special case, the Union Government has allowed only traditional fishermen of Kerala to sail into the sea and that too up to a distance of 12 nautical miles ( country’s territorial waters).
Earlier, the Union Government had issued a notification imposing uniform fishing ban for 61 days in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which extends up to 200 nautical miles from the coast, from 1 June to 31 July 2015 along the Country’s Western Coastal Zone. The ban is intended to safeguard fish in their breeding season and increase the fish catch.
Similarly, along the East Coast including Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Union Government imposed a 45-day ban on fishing by all fishing vessels in the EEZ between 15 April and 31 May 2015.
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Who: 61-day fishing ban
Where: Along the West Coast
What: Became effective
When: 1 June 2015