Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, June 27:
To safeguard the coastal region of the state, the Odisha government has come up with some innovative measures.
The state government has made colour code a mandatory provision for local fishermen under which registered sea-bound vessels are required to paint their boats and trawlers with a specific colour pattern for easy identification.
Licence of these boats and trawlers would be cancelled if they violate the code, official sources said.
Sources in the Marine Fisheries department said all fishermen and trawler-owners had been directed to paint their vessels red and black at their own expenses.
The cabin and hull must be painted with red colour while the upper part of the deck will have to be painted with black colour.
Since fishing vessels often act as conduits for smuggling and subversive activities in the sea route, the colour pattern would help differentiate local fishing vessels from those of neighbouring coastal states as well as foreign fishing trawlers.
Besides, this would considerably ease the job of combating sea route trespassing by sea patrolling units.
Vessels that are registered under the Odisha Marine Fishing Regulation Act (OMFRA) will have to display the registration numbers prominently for clear visibility of sea patrol units engaged in coastal security patrol and turtle protection exercise.
Violation of the Act would result in confiscation of the vessel and arrest of the crew, the sources said.
There are around 5,500 registered fishing vessels in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts.