The 45-day fishing ban provides a false impression of conservation: the benefits are short-lived and the fishing can happen unhindered for the remaining 320 days of the year.
Over the years, Aarthi Sridhar has learnt to be decisive and insistent, to sound confident about being out at sea. It’s the only way she will be allowed on a fishing boat.
The signature shore-operated lift nets – or ‘Chinese fishing nets’ – at Fort Kochi in Kerala are now a barely-viable source of income for fishermen.
In spite of set protocols, an initial denial that a spill had occurred at all, followed by a failure to inform the coast guard, put the port’s lack of preparedness on display.
By allowing construction closer to the sea, waiving building regulations for coastal towns and limiting decentralisation to states, coastal conservation and livelihood protection have been swept aside.
The fishermen currently face clashes with Chinese boats and hope that a favourable verdict will pressurise China to grant access.