Bhubaneswar: In a bid to prevent illegal fishing in Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, Odisha government is all set to bring a new law for regulating fishing and fisheries.
The proposal — Odisha Regulation of Fishing and Fisheries in Chilika Act, 2017 — drafted by Forest and Environment department was given the nod at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday here.
The law will be tabled in next session of the Assembly.
The law prohibits certain fishing activities in Chilika especially in eco-sensitive areas including outer channel, use of zero net, mantle nets and net box having size less than 10 mm. It will also be helpful for the traditional fishermen to get their rights. Capturing some important species of fishes, prawn and crab below a particular size and mullet fishing during breeding seasons and aquaculture in pen, cage and enclosures will be prohibited under the Act, said Forest & Environment Additional Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra.
The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has been given the responsibility to monitor all the activities under the law, to grant sub-lease within the leasable area of Chilika and impose and take appropriate action for violating the proposed legislation.
The Act has a provision upto seven-year imprisonment for violation of the law.