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TN fishers can use purse seine nets two days per week with riders: SC  

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed conditional use of purse seine nets by the fishermen of Tamil Nadu past territorial waters however throughout the unique financial zone of the state on two days per week.  A bench headed by Justice AS Bopanna mentioned that solely fishing vessels registered with the state authorities and underneath the marine fishing regulation legislation will likely be allowed to fish on Mondays and Thursdays from 8.00 am to six.00 pm utilizing purse seine fishing nets.  

The bench additionally mentioned permission will likely be given by the state fisheries division to solely these boats which have accepted vessel monitoring system. The monitoring system have to be stored operating throughout the operation of vessels, the courtroom mentioned.  

The bench additionally mandated sailors to maintain their biometric card/picture ID with them and likewise present the code of the vessel monitoring system to the fisheries division, marine police, coast guard and the Indian Navy. “The state fisheries department shall also give a colour code to these purse seine net using fishing boats for the above purposes,” the Supreme Court bench  mentioned.   

‘Central govt has not restricted use of net’

The order got here on an utility in search of interim keep on the state authorities’s G.O. dated February 17, 2022, banning the usage of purse seine nets for fishing. It was argued that the state’s ban was arbitrary and had been handed to destroy the union of India coverage.

It was contended by the petitioners that solely union of India has jurisdiction past the territorial waters and the centre has not positioned any restrictions on purse seine internet fishing. It was additional contended that the powers of the state legislatures and its government couldn’t journey past the territorial waters of Tamil Nadu.

Opposing the arguments, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the fishing methodology is ‘pernicious’ as it’s dangerous to marine life, together with fish. The nonselective fishing methodology, which captures every kind of fish together with protected species, has a harmful impact on ecology, Rohatgi mentioned.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed conditional use of purse seine nets by the fishermen of Tamil Nadu past territorial waters however throughout the unique financial zone of the state on two days per week.  A bench headed by Justice AS Bopanna mentioned that solely fishing vessels registered with the state authorities and underneath the marine fishing regulation legislation will likely be allowed to fish on Mondays and Thursdays from 8.00 am to six.00 pm utilizing purse seine fishing nets.  

The bench additionally mentioned permission will likely be given by the state fisheries division to solely these boats which have accepted vessel monitoring system. The monitoring system have to be stored operating throughout the operation of vessels, the courtroom mentioned.  

The bench additionally mandated sailors to maintain their biometric card/picture ID with them and likewise present the code of the vessel monitoring system to the fisheries division, marine police, coast guard and the Indian Navy. “The state fisheries department shall also give a colour code to these purse seine net using fishing boats for the above purposes,” the Supreme Court bench  mentioned.   

‘Central govt has not restricted use of net’

The order got here on an utility in search of interim keep on the state authorities’s G.O. dated February 17, 2022, banning the usage of purse seine nets for fishing. It was argued that the state’s ban was arbitrary and had been handed to destroy the union of India coverage.

It was contended by the petitioners that solely union of India has jurisdiction past the territorial waters and the centre has not positioned any restrictions on purse seine internet fishing. It was additional contended that the powers of the state legislatures and its government couldn’t journey past the territorial waters of Tamil Nadu.

Opposing the arguments, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the fishing methodology is ‘pernicious’ as it’s dangerous to marine life, together with fish. The nonselective fishing methodology, which captures every kind of fish together with protected species, has a harmful impact on ecology, Rohatgi mentioned.