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50 Percent Subsidy For Indian Tuna Long-liners India, March 22, 13

In a move aimed at weaning tuna fishermen away from unsustainable tuna fishing – often also using driftnets- in shallow waters, the Tamil Nadu state government on Thursday said that subsidy for fishermen would be raised from 25 to 50 percent for tuna long-liners.
Thiru O Panneerselvam, minister of finance, Government of Tamil Nadu, said a sum of Rs 30 crore (USD 5.52 million) would be set apart for this purpose. This move would slowly wean the tuna fishermen away from fishing with driftnets with very small mesh sizes in shallow waters to less damaging deep sea fishing. The state considers tuna longlining a “sustainable method “. For providing relief assistance in case of slow fishing seasons, increasing the ban period relief amount and for fuel subsidy, the government allocated Rs 200 crore (USD 36.8).
As part of the infrastructure development for tuna fishermen, a modernized fish landing centre would be developed in Mudasalodai in Cuddalore district at a cost of Rs 7.78 crore. Two fish processing parks would be established at Ramanathapuram and Tiruvallur districts during the current financial year through public-private partnership.
In an attempt to enable safe passage of boats across the shallow bar mouths, the government would take up the work of stabilizing bar mouths at Nagoor and Parangipettai at a cost of Rs 10 crore each during the current financial year, he said.