On Sunday evening, they were trawling along with a few other boats about 40 nautical miles southeast of Kodiyakarai when the incident happened around 4 pm.
Usually fishing harbours will be buzzing with activity on the last day of monsoon trawl ban, with fishing boats and workers making last-minute preparations to scour the sea.
The fishermen have sought a stay on the disbursement of the compensation amount till their claims are determined.
Fisheries along the coast of Tamil Nadu have been in uproar for over a week now, following news that the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021, might be passed by Parliament in the current session.
Traditional fishermen are protesting against the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021, which they say will leave them at a big disadvantage and hand over their livelihood to corporate entities
Fisherfolk in the coastal districts of Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai have been up in arms against the TN Fishing Regulation Act (Amendment), 2020 over the past month.
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.
Pulicat fishermen flag risk of habitat loss due to sea erosion, claim ports don’t undertake mandatory beach nourishment
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.