Written by Bella Dalima
01 Mar, 2014 | 3:29 pm
The Rameswaram Mechanised Boat Fishermen, who had been staying away from the sea since February 13 as decided at the bilateral talks held between representatives of state fishermen with Sri Lankan counterparts on January 27 in Chennai, resumed fishing on Saturday, two weeks ahead of the stipulated period, ‘violating’ the pact.
After staying away from the sea for a fortnight, the mechanised boat fishermen have set out for fishing from the fishing jetty in Rameswaram, armed with fishing permits issued by the fisheries department. Sources in the department said it has issued fishing permits to 690 boats.
Representatives of Mechanised Boat Fishermen from the districts of Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Karaikal, who took part in the talks, had decided to stay away from fishing in the Palk Bay for a month till March 13 to take the talks to the next level to find an amicable solution to the dispute over fishing in the Palk Bay.
However, the fishermen could not stick to their decision. As the fishermen in other districts started venturing into the sea, Rameswaram fishermen also resumed fishing.
Source: The Hindu
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