Goans waiting for their daily quota of fish had to do without it on Friday as the entire fishing industry in Goa came to a grinding halt in response to the call given by the National Fishworkers Forum to protest against the draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2010.
All the major fish markets in the State wore a deserted look as the vendors joined the protest. A few vendors who tried to sell fish in the villages were stopped by others.
The fishing jetties in Goa also had no activity as the trawler owners too joined the strike and no vessel went out into the sea for a catch.
Fish vendors, ramponkars, fish merchants and even trawler owners joined the dharnas held at five post offices in Goa – Mapusa, Panaji, Vasco, Margao and Canacona.
Accordingly to NFF Chairman Matanhy Saldanha the strike was total and more than 20,000 members of the fishing community along with various other people’s groups participated in the dharnas at the five places.