On December 24, 2014 two trawlers were sighted in the morning fishing illegally in Zuari river. In fact they carried on fishing entire December 23-24, 2014 night as per eye witness reports from Odxel-Cacra-Nauxi-Bambolim-Siridao fishermen. They at around 11.30 pm one more trawler came at the distance of 70 meters off the Cacra coast. Minister of Fisheries, Goa Government Avartano Furtado as well as Director of Fisheries, Goa Government were contacted over the phone and urged to act against illegal fishing. Minister did not respond to the phone call from fishermen, so sms was sent to him.
Director of Fisheries was on leave and she directed the fishermen to contact Superintendent of fisheries Hrishikesh. He was contacted and trawler went away from Cacra shore at 2.30 pm. It is an adamant attitude of the Fisheries department in placing patrolling vessel in Zuari river that is leading to all the illegal fishing in Zuari river. Bharat Mukti Morcha strongly condemns the illegal fishing as well as loopholes provided by fisheries department in facilitating illegal fishing in Zuari river by refusing to station permanent patrolling vessel in the river.