Mr. Y. S. Yadava, the director of Bay of Bengal Programme said that the fishermen population is growing in India but the fishing resources are depleting. This has affected the source of revenue of many fishermen.
Out Coast Guard C. Vivekanada said that nearly 200 Indian boats have lose their way into the Sri lankan waters everyday for a better catch. But Coast Guard Region (East) commander S P S Basra came out with a better idea that fishermen can go in for deep sea fishing, which will eventually improve their catch and earnings. Though Indian fishermen are not adapted to deep sea fishing, trying the same old traditional ways will not help either.
The few Indian fishermen employed by the foreign vessels for deep sea fishing frequently report sickness and pressure.
Indian Government should give full support in the development of deep sea fisheries. This will ensure employment to hundreds and even thousands directly and indirectly.