Resumption of fishing in the state is likely to be delayed this time due to the shortage of labourers.
The annual fishing ban ends on Friday midnight.
“Labourers are yet to arrive in the state for the season. So, this time fishing season will be delayed a little,” revealed president of All Goa Purse Seine Boat Owners Association Harshad Dhond.
Fishing is completely dependent on the migrant labourers in Goa.
Speaking to this daily, Dhond said that “on field labourers are yet to arrive. They come from Jharkhand and Orissa, and as such fishing will be delayed a little.”
He said that “the association disagrees over the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for fishing labourers in force in the state,” and demanded that testing facility should be made at the fishing dock itself and testing should be done at a reasonable rate.
He further said, “In this regard, the association will write a letter to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant,” urging the government to provide transportation facility at a cheaper rate as the migrant labourers are completely depending on trains.
“Operation of purse-seine boats will take a little longer time but small trawlers with 3-4 labourers have no problem as many of the fishing community members in the state have maintained their labourers and may even venture into the sea for solar shrimps,” he added.
Meanwhile, chairman of Mandovi Fishermen, Marketing Co-operative Society Francis D’Souza said, “It is difficult to start the season on time, this year, which begins on August 1 as no fishing labourers have arrived in the state, particularly, at the Malim jetty, Betim.”