PANAJI: Goa has requested the Centre to impose a uniform fishing ban of 75 days for coastal states to prevent poaching by fishermen from other states and allow regeneration of marine resources during the breeding season.
The Union ministry has assured Goa that the issue will be discussed in the upcoming combined meeting of maritime institutes later this month, fisheries and animal husbandry secretary, Amjad Tak said at the secretariat on Friday.
Goa had extended the 47-day ban from June 15 to July 31 effective since 2000 to 61 days from June 1 to July 31 in 2013. Prior to 2000, the ban was observed from June 1 to July 24 every year.
Other states observe the ban at different time-tables, resulting in conflict among fishermen and defeating the basic purpose, sources said.
Secretary and director of fisheries Shamila Monteiro had participated in a national conference of state ministers on animal husbandry and fisheries on September 16 and 17 in Delhi. During the interactions and discussions, they presented a few suggestions and requests for the state's fisheries sector.
A committee comprising experts from various institutes carrying out research in fisheries and marine resources will submit a report on modalities of implementing a uniform fishing ban among coastal states.
Mechanized trawlers have also demanded a longer ban, as they have realized the decline in catch is due to excessive exploitation of fish resources.
Traditional fishermen under the banner of National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) had proposed a 90-day uniform ban throughout western coastal states and a separate ban for eastern states at its national executive committee meeting in Trivandum recently.