India must ban bottom-trawling, says Indian expert
The fishing equipment that is prohibited in Sri Lanka must be banned by India in the Palk Bay, says an Indian expert on South Asian studies.
V. Suryanarayan, senior professor (retd), Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras has written an article for ‘The New Indian Express’ on the use of bottom trawlers by Indian fishermen.
He says, “The ball is in India’s court. The government of India must take the initiative and immediately announce that the use of bottom trawlers would be stopped from the new year 2022.”
“The damage to the Indian fishermen could be ameliorated if the announcement is followed by two steps. First, the trawlers can be used in the Odisha coast where waters are very deep. The government of Odisha could be approached for buying the trawlers. Second, New Delhi is very keen to develop deep sea fishing. Hence, the trawlers could, with certain modifications, be used as smaller fishing vessels that cater to the mother-ship,” he says.