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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court On Wednesday The fishermen were allowed to use purse seine nets under condition. Tamil Nadu The state’s exclusive economic zone is within territorial waters.  A bench headed Justice AS Bopanna Only fishing vessels that are registered with the state government under the marine fishing regulation laws will be permitted to fish in the state. Mondays And Thursdays Purse seine fishing nets can be used from 8.00am to 6.00pm  

The Bench also stated that the state fisheries department will only grant permission to boats with approved vessel tracking systems. The The court ruled that the tracking system must be maintained during vessel operation.  

The The bench also required sailors to carry their photo ID/biometric card with them. They also had to provide the code for the vessel tracking system to the fisheries, marine police, coastguard and the coast guard. Indian Navy. “The state fisheries department shall also give a colour code to these purse seine net using fishing boats for the above purposes,” The Supreme Court bench  said.   

‘Central govt has not restricted use of net’

The order came on an application seeking interim stay on the state government’s G.O. Dated February 17, 2022, ban on purse seine nets used for fishing It was argued that the state’s ban was arbitrary and had been passed to destroy the union of India policy.

It The petitioners contended that the only union of India The centre does not have any restrictions on purse sein net fishing and has jurisdiction over all territorial waters. It It was also argued that the power of the state legislatures, and its executive, could not be extended beyond the territorial waters. Tamil Nadu.

Opposing The arguments, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi According to the fishermen, fishing is a method of catching fish. ‘pernicious’ because it can be harmful to marine life including fish. The The nonselective method of fishing that captures all species of fish, including protected species has a harmful effect on the environment. Rohatgi said.

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