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Clash between fishermen of two villages over ring net use

Rushikulya

Berhampur: A clash ensued between fishermen of Gokhorakuda and Arjipalli villages on Sunday over use of ring nets in the restricted area of Rushikulya estuary.

As per reports, in order to protect the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, fishermen of over eight villages in Ganjam block including Gokhorakuda have formed Maa Gangadevi Marine fishermen Union and decided to restrict use of ring net while fishing within 20 km radius of Rushikulya estuary.

On Saturday, a group of fishermen of Gokhorakuda detained three boats of Arjipalli for using ring nets. Later, the boats were handed over to Forest and Fisheries officials. However, instead of taking action, the officials released the boats and nets after a warning.

The union members said the decision to restrict the use of ring net was taken as sea creatures including Olive Ridleys are getting trapped in it. However, defying the decision, some persons of Arjipalli are fishing in the restricted area using the banned nets.

On Sunday, some fishermen of Arjipalli were again found using ring nets in the restricted area. The union members brought the four boats with ring nets to Gokhorakuda. Meanwhile, some fishermen of Arjipalli reached Gokhorkuda and a clash ensued between the two groups of villagers.

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