Don’t make circular nets a political issue, says Seediri

Addressing the warring fishing groups in a joint meeting with them on Wednesday evening, Livestock Minister Seediri Appalaraju urged members not to take law and order into their own hands and to refrain from giving a political color to the issue of revolving nets.

“Visakhapatnam is known for its peaceful nature and incidents like the one that happened on Tuesday will tarnish its image,” the minister said.

Mr Appalaraju said the use of ring nets is not a local issue but a prevalent issue from Srikakulam to Nellore. This problem can only be solved through constructive discussions.

He clarified that in accordance with court orders and the government ban, fishermen using spinning nets can only fish outside the eight-kilometre reserve area from the coast.

More importantly, according to the Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, all fishermen must obtain licenses to fish with specific nets.

According to the order, traditional fishermen with non-motorized boats and landing craft will be allowed to fish in the reserve area and all fishermen with motorized or mechanized boats will have to fish outside the reserve area.

He added that boats with ring nets should immediately obtain a license and repair the transponders.

Regarding the setting of fishing limits, he urged the fishing communities to settle the limits by reaching an amicable solution through talks with the help of the village elders.

Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao has instructed the collector and police officials to review the public order situation on a daily basis over the next few days.

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