Thiruvananthapuram: The fisher folk of Kerala have been hard hit following demonetisation of high value currency notes with the move hitting traditional fishing activities.
“What’s the use of going out into the sea, as on an average a motorised fishing boat which returns after fishing has an approximate catch valued at Rs one lakh and upwards. Since the past two days, things are tough as not many are there to take part in the auction,” said Dayanandan, a fisherman in Kollam.
Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode besides Vizhinjam in the capital city are fish landing centres in the state. Since the government’s surprise announcement of demonetisation on Tuesday night, fewer boats are now venturing into the deep sea.
At these fish landing centres, as soon as a boat arrives with the catch, it is auctioned at the shore itself and money changes hands.