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Goa fishing community opposes LED aided fishing technique

Goa fishing community opposes LED aided fishing technique

By BizLED Bureau

May 21, 2016: Some sections of the fishermen community in Goa, India, are putting pressure to curb the use of LED-light enabled fishing technique as it may cause depletion of fishes in the longer run. LED technology is expanding its application in fishing industry as LED-based fishing technique is being extensively by fishermen in the Indian state of Goa.

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The fishing technique using light emitting diodes (LED) works on the principle of spreading light over a large area around the fishing boat in the night. Attracted to light, the fish come up from the depths and are caught. There are close to 60 purse seine boats fitted with LED operating in the territorial waters of the state. The LED users catch is ten times more than the normal fishing technique which will cause an excess in the market and fall in fish prices.

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Banning LED fishing technique without there being any provision in law will not just be possible. Succumbing to the pressure of the majority of the local fishing community of the state may restrict LED-assisted fishing in Goa waters, but there are chances of fishermen from other states using the method beyond the territorial waters of the state. Excessive use of LED-lighting enabled fishing, pose a serious threat to the aquatic imbalance in the oceanic ecosystem.

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