Karnataka favours uniform fishing policy
Karnataka Minister for Port and Fisheries Vasanth V Salian today indicated that the state was keen to have a uniform fishing policy across the country.india Updated: May 23, 2003 10:43 IST
Karnataka Minister for Port and Fisheries Vasanth V Salian today indicated that the state was keen to have a uniform fishing policy across the country.
"The uniform policy should come up after consultation with other coastal states," Salian said at the inaugural of the second stage of the Malpe fisheries port here built at a cost of Rs 21.60 crore.
Salian said Chief Minister S M Krishna will convene a meeting of all members of parliaments, ministers, MLAs and MLCs from coastal districts to decide on a strict ban on fishing during the off-season between June 15 to August 15.
He said the government would spend Rs 13.40 crore for producing over 40 lakh fish seeds of different fish breeds.
" A 35 acre land had been procured on the bank of river bhadra for this purpose," Salian said.
He said the government was contemplating to take up the third phase expansion of the port for which preliminary discussions had been held with the Union government.
Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes inaugurating the port said that international standards should be adopting in fishing, besides a need for processing in hygiene conditions.
Fernandes said steps should be undertaken for breeding of fish seeds in inland water which had already been developed. Work on the much-delayed second stage began in June 1997.