13-08-2013 … Chairman of Mandovi fishermen marketing cooperative society Menino Afonso on Thursday blamed the state government for having allowed fishing canoes to fish in goan waters during the fishing ban period due to which a number of fishing canoes were found submerged in to the goan waters in the past few days …
It may be noted that though the state government had allowed maintaining a strict order for trawlers owners to maintain the 61 days fishing ban in the state but had allowed traditional fisherman with canoes to fish during the ban period but due to the rough weather a number of fishing canoes in areas of south and north goa have been submerged in the past few days during the current rainy season
On July 30th A 180-horse power fishing canoe capsized off the Cavelossim Mobor beach wire in 11-crew members aboard the ill-fated canoe swam to safety while the rest of the fishermen were rescued by the coast guard’s helicopter along with the lifeguards and a local villager.
Even after the fishing ban came to an end on 4th of august A canoe with 14 fishermen onboard capsized off the Colva shore where in 14 were rescued by fishermen onboard a trawler, R Malina.
While on 6th of August a trawler tragedy was reported off the Betul coast, a small trawler returning after a fishing trip, hit the sand bar at the mouth of the rivulet and tilted to one side..
Speaking to goanreporter Chairman of Mandovi fishermen marketing cooperative society Menino Afonso blamed the state government stating that there was a need from the state government side to implement strict ban on fishing so that no fishing activities were totally allowed during the ban period
Menino said since the weather was also rough at the moment some of the labourers had not returned back to work on the fishing trawlers but was hopeful of starting the season in full swing within the next ten days