After receiving no communication from the fishermen even after three days of them leaving Kasimedu harbour, the families contacted Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Sidiri Appalaraju.
About 250 fishermen, including children and women, in 60-70 boats stormed the construction site at 10 am and set up tents protesting and raising slogans against the project.
Fisherfolk in coastal delta districts of Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Karaikal were divided over the Tamil Nadu Fishing Regulation Act (2020).
The remaining 19 per cent is exported to other States such as Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, according to Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav.
Unlike rich nations which provide billions of dollars of subsidies to their fishermen, India's subsidy amounts to only about Rs 770 crore.
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Earlier, hundreds of traditional fishermen and their families from Bengre and Tannirbavi gathered in their boats and shouted slogans against the project holding placards.
When fishermen, who had set out for fishing in as many as 597 boats, Lankan navy personnel chased them away at gunpoint on Saturday night and "cut the nets up each costing about one lakh rupees."
Fishing is another sector affected by the price hike. Fuel expenditure is proportionate to the size of the boat.
The constant human intervention as a part of various developmental activities have led to coastal degradation affecting the fisherfolk adversely.
The fishermen from the region have been experiencing difficulties in launching their boats from Muthalapozhi harbour mouth to the sea due to strong wave patterns.
UttaraFish was launched in October last year and integrated almost all facets of fish farming to form a unified system for farmers, cooperative societies, marketing chains and sales outlets.
The Anchuthengu Coastal Police said Christy and three others went for fishing from the harbour at 5.20 am in a fiber boat. But their boat capsized while trying to cross the mouth of the harbour.
'The Indian Navy is a highly disciplined and professional force which discharges its responsibilities in an impeccable manner,' it said in a statement.
It was really hard for us to convince them about the procedures.