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Vizag fishermen fight in sea over ring net usage


Use of ‘ring net’ triggered a clash among fishermen in the water close to the shore at Peda Jalaripeta in Vizag on Friday. Fisherfolk have been opposing the use of ring nets claiming that that is leaving them with no catch. After finding 10 boats from Yendada, Uppada and Mangamaripeta fishing with the banned ring nets within 8 km off the shore, fishermen families from Peda Jalaripeta went into water on their boats and seized the nets. This led to a minor clash among the fishermen.

A large number of police personnel led by ACP of Dwaraka Zone AVVS Murty rushed to the spot and stopped the clash. The ACP told the warring fishermen that the issue had already been brought to the notice of the higher officials. Peda Jalaripeta fishermen Pardesi said when fishermen from 14 villages in Visakhapatnam were following the ban orders, fishermen from only three villages Endada, Upppada and Mangamaripeta were defying the orders.

“These three villages come under Bheemili constituency and enjoy the support of Minister Avanti Srinivasa Rao,’’ Pardesi said. “If ring net is used, most of the small fishermen would get no catch,” he said, adding that this is the third time within a month that fishermen have fought over the use of ring nets.

As the dispute over ring net has intensified, Minister for Fisheries Sidiri Appalaraju and Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao met the fisherfolk associations. The ministers said the ring net was banned. A committee has been appointed to issue guidelines on the use of banned nets. He categorically told the fishermen that ring nets were banned use within the range of 8 km from the shore.

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