Troubled waters

Print edition : September 20, 2013

at Sakthikulangara, Kollam, preparing to go to sea after the 47-day trawling ban ended on July 31. Photo: C.SURESH KUMAR

A day before the ban took effect last year, a bounty of prawns at the Thoppumpady fishing harbour in Kochi. The basic assumption behind the monsoon trawl ban is that it offers marine organisms a respite when they most need it, during their peak spawning period. Photo: H. Vibhu

Twenty-five years of monsoon trawl ban has not helped nurse Kerala’s coastal fishery back to good health. A combination of regulatory measures could be the solution.
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