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VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 24. Fishermen in the State have expressed concern over the growing pollution of sea by industrial effluents.
A State-level meeting of fishermen from all the coastal Andhra districts, who met here on Thursday under the banner of AP Traditional Fishermen Union and Fishing Boat Workers Union, referred to the flow of chemicals from a factory at Pusapatirega in Vizianagaram district which, according to them, was seriously affecting the fishing grounds.
It demanded strict action against the factory management.
The meeting expressed concern over the deposit of sand at the place where the Krishna meets the Bay of Bengal at Langavenidibba in Guntur district which blocked the entry of traditional fishermen into the sea, and urged the Government clear the dune.
Reiterating the demand for according the status of Scheduled Tribe to fishermen, the meeting sought a comprehensive policy for the development of fishing community with a provision for pucca houses, education, health care and transportation facilities at the fishing hamlets.
The meeting resolved to launch a campaign in August to highlight the grievances of fishermen and to organise unions at the mandal-level and cooperative societies in fishermen colonies.
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