There lies the catch

Such nets dry up the marine wealth, not leaving even fishlings and fish eggs behind. Large quantities of juvenile fish are sold to poultry farms for as cheap as Rs. 5 a basket. Bycatch such as snakes, puffer fish, ray fish and olive ridley turtles are thrown back into the sea or discarded. The catch from these waters in the Bay of Bengal is hence going down, and the worst affected are fishermen like Narsing. They go fishing in groups of 30 to 35 each in one boat or two and sweep the fishing grounds with huge nets on locating a shoal.

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