Restrictions at Kasimedu fishing harbour to avoid crowding

After Saturday’s fiasco when the Kasimedu fishing harbour was overcrowded, sale timings have been changed. Fish will be sold to wholesalers and mid-sized retailers from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.

General public would not be allowed toenter the Kasimedu fishing harbour here to buy fish effective Tuesdayas part of anti-COVID measures, the Tamil Nadu government said.

Also, several regulations like a fixed time slot for sale byfishermen to vendors between 3 am and 8 am have been introduced against the background of people thronging the harbour to buy fish often flouting anti-COVID norms like social distancing.

Further, several regulations such as a fixed time slot for sale by fishermen to vendors between 3 am and 8 am have been introduced against the backdrop of people thronging the harbour to buy fish, often flouting social distancing norms.

As per decisions taken at a high-level meeting by top officials and representatives of mechanised boats association and traders, only 50 to 70 boats will be allowed to go fishing per day from the harbour, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said.

Fishermen leader M.E. Raghumathi said many fishers were bothered more about their livelihood than protecting themselves against COVID-19. They were worried about alleviating hunger in their families. None of the fishermen had money in their hands, Raghumathi added.

Permission will be given only to 50 mechanised boats to sell their catch at the landing site and sale by fishermen to vendors will be limited to five hours from 3 am to 8 am.