KENDRAPADA, India — Opposing the ban on fishing at Gahiramatha during the Olive Ridley turtles nesting season, 4,000 fishermen of the district congregated at the collectorate on Wednesday.
"We are rendered jobless during the seven-month ban. The government should provide us with alternative livelihood option before going ahead with the ban," said president of Odisha Traditional Fish Workers Union (OTFWU) Narayan Haldar. Fishermen are forced to migrate to Surat, Kolkata, Mumbai and other cities in search of jobs, he added.
Forest officials have so far arrested 400 fishermen and seized 50 boats on charges of fishing within marine sanctuary.