A fisherman from a fishing village in the southern Indian state of Kerala says he will no longer fish in Malacca’s Puddock Farm fishery.
The Puddocks, which have been the subject of a major public campaign, have been at the centre of a bitter battle between the government and fishermen who say it has not been adequately protected from illegal fishing.
In a letter sent to Mr Kumar, the fisherman said he would not be renewing his fishing licence at the Puddocked Fishery in the next month and a half.
The fisherman, who requested anonymity, said he had lost his livelihood due to the illegal fishing of shrimp.
“The Pudock Farms has been the scene of a number of cases of illegal fishing,” the letter said.
“We have been receiving complaints from our fishermen that the fishery is being mismanaged and that illegal fishing is taking place.”
The fishery should be managed with the utmost sensitivity and prudence.
“Mr Kumar said the ministry of fisheries was investigating the case and he was willing to meet the minister.
He said the government would take steps to protect the fishers’ livelihoods.”
I hope the government can take steps like this to protect our fishery,” he said.
The ministry of oceans and fisheries has also confirmed it was investigating.
A statement said the fishing industry was in the process of setting up a “red line” to ensure that fishery management was done with the highest standards.
The fishing industry is concerned about illegal fishing, said Mr Kumar.
The minister said the fisheries department would take measures to ensure the safety of fishers.