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NFF threatens national struggle if CRZ notification implemented

KOLKATA, 28 JULY: The West Bengal, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh wings of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) have warned of a nationwide struggle if the ministry of environment and forests went ahead with the current Coastal Regulation Zone pre-draft notification 2010 at their regional meeting in Dadanpatrabar in Midnapore East from 25th to 27th July.
Fishworkers from Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal attended the meet that was convened to discuss the NFF’s stand on the Fisheries Regulation and Management Bill proposed by the ministry of agriculture and the CRZ pre-draft notification.
Representatives of the fishworkers forum from the three states also said that they support the idea of a National Fisheries Management Authority that will include all coastal statutes, relevant central ministries, fishworkers, scientists and environmentalists.
A proposal to revise the draft Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management Act was also formulated. “The Act should contain explicit principles or guidelines for the allocation of access to resources in the maritime zones of India, rather than leaving it to the authorities responsible for making management plans,” said Mr Pradeep Chatterjee, NFF secretary from the state.
Mr Jatin Das, president of the Dakshin Banga Matsyajibi Forum, said that ‘aquarian reform’ is the need of the hour and will ensure that only families that had active fishermen should be allowed to own fishing boats. The regional meet also reviewed the serious threat to the coast from industry, power plants, SEZs, tourism and untreated urban effluents.
A rally was held by the participants of the meet along with the local fishermen of Dadanpatrabar to protest against the mushrooming tourism complexes over a 5 km stretch in neighbouring Mandarmoni. “Because of these hotels, we have less access to the sea. They have eaten up our place to tether our boats, mend nets and dry fish,” said Moni, a fisherwoman.
It may be recalled that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were promulgated in Mandarmoni, stopping all illegal construction near the beach after a mob from the nearby villages forced police to release labourers caught red-handed carrying out construction near the Mandarmoni beach, violating the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Soma Basu

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  1. SOMENDRA MOHAN GHOSH SOMENDRA MOHAN GHOSH January 13, 2011

    WBPCB SHOULD INSPECT ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION BY ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION.SIMPLY VIOLATION OF CRZ.

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