By Express News Service – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

26th April 2013 10:53 AM

The Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF) and
National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) have decided to launch mass
agitations against the anti-fishermen policies of the State
Government. As part of the protest, they will organise a ‘proclamation
rally’ -jalayatra – from May 2 ahead of the agitations, KSMTF state
president P P John and NFF national secretary T Peter said.

The leaders said that they would organise a ‘jalayatra’ from Kochi to
Shangumugham here as part of the proclamation rally.

Among the demands of the fishworkers is that the movement of cargo
vessels should not be permitted along the coastal waters as it has
caused serious concern among fishermen who used gillnets along the
coast from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod.

They also demanded stopping of illegal constructions violating the
Coastal Area Regulatory Zone and laws to be enacted for the security
of fishermen who venture into the sea. They also wanted the seaplane
project to be abandoned as it could affect the inland fishing.

The ‘jalayatra’ will start from Chellanam fishing harbour on May 2
and reach Arthungal fishing harbour in Alappuzha in the evening. The
next day, it will pass through Chulatheruvu in Kayamkulam, Chavara
fish landing centre and Astamudi Fish Landing Centre. On May 4, the
proclamation rally will have meetings at Sakthikulangara and
Neendakara and Thangassery fishing harbours in Kollam.

The rally will start from Thangassery on May 5 in the morning and
conclude at Shangumugham in the evening.