Brazenness came to light when checks on 10 foreign ships, which docked at Ratnagiri during ‘Vayu’, showed huge fish catch endemic to country’s oceans
However, the interest rates go as high as 160 per cent, making it difficult for the fishers to escape from the debt-trap, it said.
According to regular fish buyers, the quantity of fish in the packet has reduced.
While the Congress promises a seperate Ministry for welfare of Fisherfolk, the BJP has promised the 'Matsya Sampada Yojana' with an allocation of Rs 10,000 crore.
Following 'Ockhi', fishermen in the state face issues as they claim that the state and central government ignore their pleas.
With incidents of mid-sea collisions occurring at regular intervals, the fishermen community are striving to regulate the ship traffic and arrange communication gadgets to fishing vessels.
CMFRI senior scientist Grinson George said El Nino can affect pelagic fish species like oil sardine.
He said unbridled industrialisation has destroyed natural resources and caused loss of livelihood to people depending on them.
The fishermen managed to stay afloat for more than three hours without any life-saving devices before help arrived
Along with the regular literacy classes, awareness on health, environment and the Constitution will also be provided to the beneficiaries
The advisory is said to have come in the backdrop of intelligence inputs that the terrorists might choose the sea-route for retaliation.
Fisheries Sector Protection Committee chairman P J Ansili presided over the meeting, which was inaugurated by Fr Johnson Pangeth.
The Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen (SAF) will be given the charge of the facility.
Union members said they decided to invite the fishermen to the event instead of celebrities from socio-cultural fields to show their respect and gratitude for the community's contributions.
With the demand high, fishermen have resorted to buying kerosene off the black market operating in the coastal regions.