Panaji:- October 12, 2019 … Minister for Fisheries, Shri Filipe Neri Rodrigues gave a patient ear to the grievances of the traditional fishermen at Siridao yesterday. Local fishermen expressed their discomfort over illegal fishing carried out by the outsider thus creating hindrance for business of local fishing community in the area. Minister for Revenue, Smt. Jennifer Monserrate; MLA, Shri Francis Silveira; Director of Fisheries, Shri Vinesh Arlekar and officials of Coastal Security Police were present on the occasion along with others.
Shri. Rodrigues addressing the gathering informed that the Government is seized of the matter and has already initiated action to tackle the issue. Seeking cooperation from the people, he assured the people that he will try to resolve the matter within a few days with the help of the coastal police.
Smt. Monserrate expressing concern about the issue urged the people to cooperate with the officials in tackling the matter.
Shri Francisco Silveira while speaking at the meeting explained to the Minister in detail as to the modus operandi of the illegal activities affecting the livelihood of the local traditional fishermen. Giving some suggestions on behalf of the people , Shri Silveira requested the Minister to initiate prompt action against this act.
Earlier, Parish Priest of Siridao Church, Fr. Valerian Vaz and traditional fishermen from Nauxim, Odxel, Cacra, Siridao, Bambolim, Goa Velha, Dona Paula, and Agassaim expressing their grievances to the Minister informed that illegal fishing activities are being carried out early in the morning, afternoon and late evenings from both the sides i.e. Dona Paula and Vasco and urged Fisheries Minister to take strict actions to ban such nuisance.