MARGAO: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday, said that fishermen in the state should not carry out fishing rampantly as it has affected the fish breeding.
Mr Parrikar was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of demonstration of cage culture and fish harvesting held at Maina-Curtorim. The fish farming is done here by Mr Francis Esteibero.
Mr Parrikar said, "the fishing, using bull nets and mechanised trawlers, in the deep sea has severely affected the breeding of fish. The production has gone down from 1.09 lakh tonne to 92,000 tonne, and now to 86,000 tonne.’’
He hoped that the fishermen would not greedily carry out fishing as it has happened in the case of mining in Goa.
Stating furthe tha Goans love fish and therefore they never came on the streets even though it’s prices increased heavily, Mr Parrikar said, "My government will try hard to give fish to Goans at a reasonable price.’’
He added that all the support required from the government for fish farming in the state will be provided.
As the minister for fisheries, Mr Parrikar said that this is an opportunity for him to see how seriously the fish farming is done in the state.
"Government will formulate necessary schemes for fishermen and with some good projects it will also think of creating employment for the Goans," he added.
He congratulated Mr Esteibero for his efforts in having the prawn and fish farming in Curtorim.
Speaking on the occasion, the Curtorim MLA, Mr Alex Reginaldo Lourenco, said that since there are more all time agriculturists and pisciculturists in the Curtorim constituency, government should encourage them with some attractive schemes.
He also expressed gratitude to the department of fisheries for having given its support earlier.
The Navelim MLA, Mr Avertano Furtado, praised Mr Esteibero for showing great interest in pisciculture.