Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday said there is a sizeable number of boats including fishing trawlers which operate off Goa coast without proper registration.
Some of the boats are either not registered or not carrying their registered documents while operating at sea, Comdt M S Dangui,Deputy Inspector General,Goa region,told reporters in the port town of Vasco here.
Dangui said that a large number of crew does not have identity proof with them.
Indian coast guard maintains law and order in India’s territorial waters by intercepting crimes at sea such as exposing the smuggling of goods and people,cracking down on vessels operating illegally and promoting strict law enforcement, he said.
Dangui said that the increase in terrorist activities has made it necessary for Goa headquarters to strengthen seaward security measures off the state coast.
The Indian coast guard had increased its surveillance off Goa following terror threat on New Year Eve. The frequent checking by coast guard sleuths had also irked the trawler owners.
The local fishermen’s body had alleged that the coast guard personnel take away their catch and also harass them off shore.
There is no harassment to the fishermen. We check all the trawlers thoroughly and question those who do not have valid registration documents, Dangui said.
He said that the coast guard had seized seven trawlers without proper documents on December 30 last year,which has propelled a campaign against them.
There are some trawler owners who may be upset with our move and hence spread such wrong notions, Dangui said.
The nature of coast guard duties are friendly and helpful to the maritime community and also to ensure that users of maritime resources abide by the laws of the seas, the DIG said.