Stern action against juvenile fishing

The government has announced stern action against fishing vessels found to be involved in juvenile fishing following the lifting of the trawl ban.

An official pressnote quoting Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty Amma here on Tuesday said any attempt to indulge in juvenile fishing, taking advantage of the replenishment of fish stocks during the trawl ban period, would be dealt with firmly. The 52-day ban was imposed to give a chance for the stressed populations of several commercially important fish species to recover during their breeding season.

The pressnote said the trawl ban, combined with the sustained crackdown on unsustainable fishing practices, had helped to replenish fish stocks.

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