Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
03-September-2012 17:20 IST
Safety of Indian Fishermen
Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan informed the Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question that the following steps have been taken by the Government for ensuring the safety of Indian Fishermen:-

(i) Navarea VIII warning No. 100 dated 23rd February, 2012 has been issued by Indian Coast Guard in which all vessels have been warned that fishing is carried out upto 50 nautical miles from the coast and vessels should not mistake fishing boats as skiffs and PAGs (Piracy armed groups).

(ii) Directorate of Shipping vide M.S.Notice 7 of 2012 dated 7th March, 2012 has advised all merchant vessels to take note of dense fishing traffic on Indian Coast, the possibility that they may be approached by these boats for safeguarding their nets/lines and that these fishing boats should not be mistaken for pirate skiffs. Merchant Ships have been advised to navigate with extreme caution when approaching upto 50NM from the Indian coast.

(iii) The National Automatic Identification System (NAIS), which has been commissioned will help in costal surveillance of all the vessels above 300 GT upto 50 km of the Indian coast line. The position of such vessels can be traced with the help of the system by the security agencies who can also pin point the position of the vessel involved in such collision. This will ensure that hit and run cases do not happen and will therefore, have a deterrent effect on the vessels.

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