Depression forces fishermen off sea

Depression forces fishermen off sea

anchored: Hundreds of deep sea fishing boats anchored at the Karwar port on Monday. The boats could not venture into the sea due to rough weather. DH Photo

High tides and rains in the Arabian Sea, due to the depression, damaged several boats in Kumta, Ankola and Bhatkal  over the past three days.

The turbulence in the ocean deterred the fishermen from venturing into deep-sea fishing in the past three days. Hundreds of fishermen from Karnataka, Kerala and Goa, who were into fishing in the deep sea despite heavy rains, have anchored their boats and taken shelter at Mangalore and Malpe harbours since Saturday.

They could not venture into the sea on Sunday too as the Arabian Sea experienced high tides, strong onshore winds and intermittent rains.

“We collected ice required for deep sea fishing just four days ago in Mangalore and the high tides forced us to the shores,” said workers, who had accompanied the fishermen, in Karwar.

Sources in the Meteorological Department told Deccan Herald that the fishermen have been cautioned against venturing into the sea as there is likely to be  strong wind from the Southeasterly direction and high tides due to further depression at night for the next couple of days.

The weathermen have forecast that the rains and thundershowers are likely to continue in the region.