Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Shantaram Naik on Monday said that the Fisheries Department in the state should effectively hold “Fishermen Dialogue “ programme through the coastal areas of the State to effectively grasp the problems of the fishermen community to avoid any fish famine in the state.
Addressing a meeting of Goa State Fishermen Congress in Congress House in the city, Naik said fishermen were demanding construction of ramps and fishing jetties for quite sometimes and that in the coastal areas they would like the government to reserve space for keeping their fishing nets and other fishing equipment.
Naik said fishermen were facing the problems of fish poaching by fishermen from Maharashtra and Karnataka but the government was not taking steps to prevent such poaching.
He said it was most unfortunate that government did not bother to consult fishermen community to address their problems and the Union Minister for Shipping went ahead with ‘nationalisation’ of six Goa rivers.
Naik appealed to the fishermen to contribute a part of their catch towards fisheries stalls proposed to be established in the state.