Monday, 30 July 2018

Calling your urgent attention to Zuari river illegal fishing


Date: 26/07/2018
To,
FRANCISCO MANUEL SILVEIRA
Member of Legislative Assembly
St. Andre Constituency,
Goa
To,
ANTONIO CAETANCO FERNANDES
Member of Legislative Assembly
ST. Cruz Constituency
Goa

To,
JENIFFER MONSERRATE
Member of Legislative Assembly
Taleigao Constituency
Goa

Subject: Calling your urgent attention to Zuari river illegal fishing

Dear Madam/Sir,

We write to call your urgent attention to the illegal fishing in Zuari river by trawlers and purse seine boats in spite of government assurance to stop the same. Illegal fishing is going on within five kilometers from the shore between Siridao to Odxel in Zuari river which is a valuable fish breeding site. Illegal fishing was going on even in the month of July when fishing by trawlers and purse seine nets is banned by Goa Government. Some of dates we have documented when illegal fishing went on includes: 23/7/2018 (One trawler at 11.30 pm), 14/07/2018 (One trawler at 10.15 am) , 23/05/2018 (thirty five trawlers at 08.00 am), 22/05/2018 (four trawlers at 06.45 pm), 18/05/2018 (three trawlers at 2.00 am and five trawlers at 10.05 pm).

We have made number of representations before the State Government and also met various government officers over the past few years in this regard. On November 15, 2017 we had special joint meeting facilitated by Jennifer Monserrate, MLA, Taleigao at Secretariat, Porvorim with Fisheries Minister Vinoda Datarama Paliencar, TCP Minister Vijay Sardesai and OSD Durgadas Kamat. Fishermen delegation led by Sanjay Pereira was assured that the fine for illegal fishing will hiked from Rs.100/- to Rs.25,000/-. However till date this assurance has not been fulfilled. Patrolling has collapsed from January 2018.

We request you to raise the issue in the current session of the Goa Legislative Assembly and get the fines for illegal fishing by trawlers and purse seine boats increased drastically and get the efficient vigilance system installed in Zuari river to stop illegal fishing by trawlers and purse seine boats forever.

Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,



Maggie Silveira,
President, Goa Unit


Sanjay Pereira
Convenor, Cacra Unit


Soccorro Braganza
Convenor, Siridao Unit


Sitaram Pereira
Convenor, Odxel Unit


Milind Palkar
Convenor, Nauxim Unit




Ms. Kalpana Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Siridao Unit


Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Honu Divkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Deu Kankonkar
Secretary, Nauxim Unit




Yeshwant Shirvoikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Manguesh Sawant
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Amir Mardolkar
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit


Francis Coelho
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit


Jaya Kuttikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Jonu Shirvoikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Ms. Sheila D’mello
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Ashok Kukalkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ganashyam Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Uttam Martins
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Rohit Hadkonkar
Co-convenor, Bambolim Unit


Sanju Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Chandranath Rosario
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Vijay Sawant
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Ragunath Sautodkar
Co-convenor, Cacra Unit


Mahadev Andre Rosario
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit


Laxman Mangueshkar
Co-convenor, Siridao Unit

Copy to:

Director of Fisheries, Panjim, Goa





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