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Fishers authorised to go out to sea tomorrow to check or retrieve fishing traps

Date: May 04, 2020
Domain:Fisheries; Health
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS  – 04 May, 2020: Government has consented for duly registered fishermen who carry out their fishing activities solely by using fish traps, to go out to sea, tomorrow, between 7 am and 15 pm, to check or retrieve if need be, those traps. Only two fishers per boat will be sanctioned and they will not be permitted to carry out any fishing activity. 

 

This joint decision was taken by the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping and the Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) given that favourable weather conditions are forecasted for tomorrow.  It is recalled that this exercise was to take place last Tuesday but had to be rescheduled following the release of a special MMS bulletin forbidding any outing at sea due to bad weather forecast. 

The present authorisation to go at sea is applicable exclusively for registered fishermen and under certain conditions.  As such, it will be compulsory for fishers to wear masks and gloves and they will have to carry their fishermen registration cards and ID cards. Moreover, they will also have to abide by the social distancing and sanitary rules currently in force due to Covid-19. 

These fishers will have to abide by the safety instructions which will be given by Officers of the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, members of the Police Force and those of the National Coast Guard, who will be present at the different boat landing locations.  Fishers will only be authorised to verify their traps and retrieve them if ever there is need for repair. 

This exercise is being carried out to allow fishermen to prepare their traps for the opening of the fishing season which will take place in the coming weeks.  The Ministry relies on the collaboration of fishers so that the exercise is carried out in the best conditions. 

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org  Mobile App: Search Gov

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