Mangaluru: The fishing season, which started last August, and had raised hopes of good fishing until January. Fishermen too were happy. However after January the yield from fishing declined and thus most of the boat owners were disappointed. With no good fishing for past four months, the fishermen are in quandary.
With just a few days left for the fishing season to end, 70 per cent of the boats are already anchored at Mangaluru fishing harbours as the boats are coming back to the shore ahead of schedule. There are more than 2,000 boats that include motorised and mechanised boats under Mangaluru region. The old port is 600 metres long, and only about 350 boats can line up at a time. Further, there is a situation where boats are anchored in seven rows one behind the other. The boats anchored are of both wooden and steel varieties. When the boats are anchored in this congested space there have been increasing instances of damages to the boats too.
The other boats beyond 350 boats have to look for alternate space in other areas. The alternate places for anchoring managed by the boats are Kasaba Bengre, Bolooru, Kudroli, Bokkapatna and Jeppu among others.