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Traditional fishermen seek cancelation of Miramar beach’s Blue Flag certification



Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott (GRE) has submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner of the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) Sanjit Rodrigues and Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate demanding cancellation of Blue Flag certification given to Miramar beach and to rectify the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP).

GRE in the memorandum submitted on Friday also demanded to declare Aivao to Miramar estuary as fish breeding zones up to 2 nautical miles and thereby also has urged to announce the entire beach stretch as a fishing zone.

The CCP commissioner has taken note of the suggestion given by the local fishermen of Caranzalem and promised the same to be forwarded to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority and MoEF.

Olencio Simoes representing GRE said, “Blue Flag certification is not meant for Goa or India, as India has the best laws in the world which are enacted under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 called the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), which protects the health of our beaches, rivers, water bodies, ground water and all other coastal ecology with intension to conserve and protect coastal stretches. Its unique environment and its marine area and to promote development through sustainable manner, but instead of implementing this notification in totality this government plans to dilute the notification by implementing Blue flag certification and thereby amending the CRZ notification and reducing the No Development Zone (NDZ) to mere 10 metres. If this is done then what is the use of building facilities to keep the beach clean wherein the entire beach will be vanish itself. If the government is really concerned about our beaches then they should only strengthen the CRZ rather than diluting it,” added Simoes.

A fishermen from Caranzalem Pedru Vaz said, “Ramponkars need the entire waterfront/seashore right from Miramar to Aivao to cast their nets to go for fishing, but this certification will displace the traditional occupation of fishing called ‘Rampon’ which has been carried out for centuries by fishermen of Caranzalem and Miramar. The entire beach stretch is almost 3.7 kilometre and is used as landing point for fishing canoes, drying of nets etc.”

“The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change order dated July 12, 2019 has identified Miramar beach as Blue Flag certification and has given liberty to construct 12 structures and facilities in just 10 metres of high-tide line (HTL) which is completely unacceptable as the area are landing points for our canoes,” informed Vaz.

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