Sunday, 21 December 2014

Fresh assault on fishing rights by Hotel Grand Hyatt today

Today 21st December 2014 at around 12.30 pm Hotel Grand Hyatt released 10 water sports boats in Zuari river in an act that is flagrant violation of the fishing rights of the local fishermen. Soon the information was shared with various people in authority like the Goa Fisheries Minister Avartano Furtado and Director of Fisheries Department, Goa Government Sharmila Monteiro. Minister acted and dispatched director, fisheries on Bambolim coast for spot investigations. 

Hotel Grand Hyatt in the meanwhile got the wind of the event to follow and withdrew all its boats from the river on shore at 1.45 pm. Director visited Bambolim at 2.30 pm in spite today being Sunday that is holiday for government servants. 

Reports from Bambolim indicate that there has been an attempt from the Director of Fisheries Sharmila Monteiro to convince the fishermen that they should allow water sports boats of the Hotel Grand Hyatt in Zuari river at certain timings as if she is also the director of Hotel Grand Hyatt. Bharat Mukti Morcha objects to such attempts and condemns Fisheries director Sharmila Monteiro for treating rights and dignity of fishermen with utmost contempt by attempting compromise on fishing rights and carrying on the bamani conspiracy against mulnivasis.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Pictures of Bharat Mukti Morcha meeting on Siridao beach


 On 20th December 2014 Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) meeting in Siridao beach. Goa State President of BMM Maggie Silveira addressing the  meeting in support of fishermen on Zuari coast.
 Member of Santa Cruz Panchayat and Cacra convenor of Bharat Mukti Morcha Cacra unit Sanjay Pereira speaking at the meeting.
 Janardhan Tamankar of Bhhujan Mukti Party addressing the meeting. He congratulated the fishermen for uniting to struggle.
Fishermen attending the meeting. It was decided to carry on the agitation further as the violations of fishing rights in Zuari river has continued.

Fishing rights violations in Zuari river today

There has been uncontrolled violations of fishing rights in Zuari river. Today 20th December 2014 two identified violators are 8 trawlers of unknown owners from Vasco and 6 water sports speed boats of Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bambolim. Goa Fisheries Minister Avartano Furtado contacted to inform about the trawlers and promised action. What action he has taken is yet to be ascertained from him. However his mobile phone was not reachable when water sports boats were violating fishing rights at around 12.30 in the afternoon.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Pictures of speed boats that violate fishing rights in Zuari river

  They are operated by aquasail as can be ascertained from the picture below. The above picture is of speed boats used for water sports purpose by Hotel in river Zuari.
These are boats that Hotel Grand Hyatt has released in Zuari river which are objected to by fishermen supported by Bharat Mutki Morcha.

Fresh incidents of fishing rights violations in Zuari river today

Hotel Grand Hyatt released 3 speed boats in Zuari river thereby causing fishing rights violation. The aggression was carried on at around 10.30 am today. Bharat Mukti Morcha condemns the repeated violations in Zuari river by Hotel Grand Hyatt. Fisheries department of Goa government is party to fishing rights violations.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Fishing rights violation in Zuari again by Hotel Grand Hyatt

3 Speed boats were released in Zuari river today at 1.00 pm. Local mulnivasi people specially fishermen  have objected to this bamani aggression. In the meanwhile Bharat Mukti Morcha has began contacting tourists to boycott Hotel Grand Hyatt for the reasons of fishing rights violations in Zuari river.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Why continues violation of fishing rights on behest of Hotel Grand Hyatt?

According to the information received at 12.20 pm two water sports boats of Hotel Grand Hyatt were noticed violating fishing rights in Zuari river. Fishermen f the locality has objected to the speed boats plying in Zuari river by Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bambolim. It is not sure as to why this hotel is determined to violate fishing rights. Bharat Mukti Morcha strongly condemns Hotel Grand Hyatt for continues violation of fishing rights in Zuari river.

Update on race war in Zuari river

Date: 15th December 2014
                           1
To,
The Governor
Government of Goa
Dona Paula, Goa
                           2
To,
The Chief Minister,
Government of Goa
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa
                            3
To,
The Minister of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa

                           4
To,
The Chief Secretary,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa
                            5
To,
The Secretary (Fisheries)
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim,
Goa
                            6
To,
The Under Secretary (Fisheries),
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim,
Goa
                           
To,
The Captain of Ports,
River Navigation Department
Panjim, Goa
                             8
To,
The Director,
Department of Tourism,
Panjim,  Goa
                           9                        
To,
The Director,
Department of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Panjim, Goa
                           10
To,
The Collector (North Goa),
Government of Goa
Panjim, Goa
                           11
To,
The Mamlatdar,
Tiswadi Taluka,
Panjim, Goa
                            12
To,
The Director-General of Police (DGP)
Police Headquarters,
Panjim, Goa
                         13
To,

The Superintendent of Police (North Goa)
Porvorim, Goa
                          14

To,
Vishnu Surya Wagh
The Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA)
St. Andre Constituency,
Goa

                            15
To,
The Parish Priest,
Our Lady of Bethlehem,
Bambolim
Goa
                         16
To
The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Curca – Bambolim- Talaulim
Goa
                             17
To,

The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Siridao
Goa
                         18
To,

The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Taleigao,
Goa
                          19
To,
The Sarpanch,
Village Panchayat of Santa Cruz, Goa
                         20
To,
The Parish Priest,
Our Lady of Rosary Church,
Siridao, Goa




Subject:  Update on Race war against traditional Siridao, Bambolim, Nauxim, Cacra and Odxel fishermen in Zuari river by Hotel Grand Hyatt through water sports, Trawlers and Mini Purse seining


Sir/Madam,

1.   As you are already aware of our letter to you dated 21st November 2014 that fishermen of Zuari coast in Tiswadi taluka are facing race war. Here we write to update on the situation since our last letter of 21st November 2014 and calling upon you to act in defense of traditional fishermen.
2.   On 22nd November 2014 at around 1.30 pm 5 trawlers were observed violating fishing rights in Zuari river. Minister of Fisheries, Goa Government was contacted by member of Santa Cruz Panchayat Sanjay Pereira. The Patrol boat of the fisheries department came and intercepted the trawlers in the river.
3.   On 24th November 2014 two trawlers were sighted in Zuari River thereby violating fishing rights of the traditional fishermen. The trawlers were sighted at 4.45 pm. Director; Fisheries department Sharmila Monteiro as well as Minister of Fisheries Avertano Furtado was intimated on their mobiles with request to act. Marine Police were also contacted. At around 5.05 pm both the trawlers abandoned fishing and raced out of mouth of River Zuari before they were booked and penalized. Fisheries department was too slow in acting and interrogating these trawlers.  There is a need for permanent stationing of Police patrol boat in Zuari River so that offending trawlers like this are not allowed to escape the arms of law. Investigations are also needed as to whose trawlers that are repeatedly dare to violate the law.
4.   On 27th November 2014 Naval police as well as Goa coastal police had a meeting with fishermen in Cacra village and assured the fishermen of their support. Director of Fisheries who was to come at the Cacra meeting failed to come and sent a message that she does not have transport facility to Cacra.
5.   On afternoon of 29th November 2014 police visited Bambolim coast and met up with fishermen in respect to complaint of Bharat Mukti Morcha about fishing rights violation through water sports/speed boats of Hotel Grand Hyatt. However as soon as police left, Hotel Grand Hyatt released two speed boats inside river with tourists on board thereby violating fishing rights of the local fishermen.
6.    On the 3rd December – 4th December 2014 night unknown number of trawlers was fishing with their lights off.  Fishing for trawlers is banned at the distance of 5 kilometers from the shoreline of Arabian Sea. They have no business to enter inside Zuari river. Trawler kind of fishing is ecologically unsustainable as it involves digging of riverbed. Bharat Mukti Morcha already advised Goa Fisheries department to station permanent patrol vessel in Zuari to curtail fishing rights violations. Why department is adamant to accede to this advise is not known.
7.   On December 04 at 3.30 pm three trawlers were spotted in Zuari river fishing illegally. Department of Fisheries has been contacted and action against trawlers promised. Fisheries department did not act in spite of telephonic promise to act. Trawlers continued to fish illegally till 6.pm. Two trawlers were fishing illegally in Zuari River till late night.
8.   On December 4, 2014 night at 10.30 pm fishermen in Siridao detained trawler from Vasco belonging to Tulsidas A. Kukalkar licence no. FVL – 407/0105 – Goa dated 01/01/2004 with six staff on board. His season’s pass indicates that he has been authorized to carry on fishing activities in Arabian Sea and not in Zuari river. Trawler in this case ripped through the fishing net in Zuari river of the fisherman Chandrakant Lotlikar. Fisheries department must invoke Goa, Daman and Diu Fisheries Regulation Act, 1980 and rules of this law of 1981 and punish the offender immediately. When informed over the phone coastal police at Harbor refused to act against the offending trawler.
This incident shows that policing in Goa has become ineffective and false reports of compliance to law are filed before the Home Ministry while trawlers leisurely violate the law.
9.   On 9th December 2014 at 6.30 pm Hotel Grand Hyatt released its single speed boat in Zuari river there by violating fishing rights of the local fishermen.
10.               On 12th December 2015 five trawlers were fishing in the morning time thereby continuing violations of law. It looks as if Goa Government is toothless to stop fishing rights violations in Zuari river. Hope this situation changes immediately.

Awaiting your positive response for the cause of humanity, ecology and sustainable fisheries,

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

         Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State Unit


         Sd/-
 Rahul Gawas
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Tiswadi Taluka unit


         Sd/-
 Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mutkti Morcha, Cacra unit


          Sd/-
Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Bambolim unit


          Sd/-
Soccoro Braganza
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao unit


          Sd/-
Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Curca Unit



        Sd/-
Sitaram Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Odxel Unit


      Sd/-
Milind Palkar
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Nauxi unit

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Facts of trawler seized by fishermen in Zuari river

On the night of December 4, 2014 at 10.30 pm one of the fishermen from Siridao village, the coast of Zuari river was fishing inside Zuari river. He noticed a trawler entering within 100 meters distance and ripped through traditional fishermen’s fishing net in Zuari river.
Fishermen towed his canoe closer to Trawler and got onto the trawler and ordered it to stop in the middle of the riveri. He then asked the trawler staff to get into his canoe in river and come to the shore. The staff agreed and everybody got into fishermen’s canoe and came to Siridao.

Fishermen asked dinner to the staff from the trawler but they refused. Then he gave his mats to staff to sleep. Before sleeping, fishermen got all the legal document of the fishing trawler available in board as well as identity cards of the trawler staff. Fishermen told the staff of the trawler to stay on land till morning when Director of Fisheries, Government of Goa will be visiting them. The staff agreed. Fisherman went to sleep at 1.00 pm as well as the trawler staff. Everybody went to sleep. Fisherman got up at 5.30 am and found trawler as well as staff missing. He found them nowhere in river or on shore. Their documents remained with fishermen. Mats were there but sleeping trawlers were not there. Fisherman cannot believe as to how the trawler managed to escape. They must have gone swimming to the trawler or someone must have taken them in canoe. Mobile phones of the trawler staff were not confiscated. Possibly they were in communication with their boss somewhere and succeeded in releasing the trawler at the wee hours of December 05, 2014. For fishermen it is still a victory as the initiative of one fisherman along with his family members succeeded in compounding the trawler.
Bharat Mukti Morcha congratulates Siridao fishermen for the direct action on the illegal fishing. Goa government as well as police has few lessons to learn from Siridao fishermen. Will they learn? Never mind, even if not they will be forced to learn.



Thursday, 4 December 2014

Fishermen detain trawler in Zuari river at Siridao coast

Traditional fishermen on the banks of Zuari river has detained one trawler engaged in illegal fishing off the coast of Siridao village in Zuari river.

Trawler was detained at around 10.30 pm on December 4, 2014 night. There has been tremendous tension over illegal fishing inside the Zuari river by trawlers over the past few months. Fisheries department has not shown necessary commitment to stop illegal fishing.

Owner of the trawler called up the fishermen to release his trawler. Fishermen however decided not to release the trawler till the Director of Fisheries visits the spot and book the offending trawler.

This incident shows that policing in Goa has become ineffective and false reports of compliance to law are filed before the Home Ministry while trawlers leisurely violate the law. This lacuna has now turned fishermen into policemen and has exercised citizens right of private arrest as well as the fundamental duty to protect environment from destructive trawler fishing in Zuari river.