TN to launch fishing subsidy scheme, a plan that could keep fishermen away from troubled waters
news Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 05:30
Once and for all, there could be a solution to the constant friction between the Sri Lankan navy and Indian fishermen. A new scheme by the Tamil Nadu government providing 50 percent subsidy to draw away fishermen from the troublesome waters of Palk Bay area is all set to be launched, reported The Hindu. Following its annoucement last year, many fishermen from Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram opted to apply for deep sea fishing after which fishermen were selected, said the report. The scheme announced in February last year is designed to let fishermen move away from trawler fishing and move over to tuna longliner, thus keeping fishermen away and avoiding conflicts with the Sri Lankan navy. Last year, TN CM Jayalalithaa suggested that a move from bottom trawlers to deep sea tuna long liners would reduce the pressure on the practice of bottom-trawling in the Palk Bay region. The subsidy was then raised from 25 to 50% in the 2013-14 budget.