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Press Release | October 30, 2018

NATIONAL FISHWORKERS FORUM STAGES MASSIVE PROTESTS In 23 PORTS AND HARBOURS ACROSS THE COASTAL STATES ON OCT 30th, 2018

NFF Stands Firmly Against the Proposed Shipping Corridor

National Fishworkers Forum called for a nation-wide protest on 30th October 2018. The protests across the state saw a turnout of thousands of fishermen and general public. NFF stands firm against any proposed plan of a shipping corridor as it endangers the lives of all fishermen. 

The protests were a success in garnering attention towards the fishing communities and their plights at the hands of a disinterested government and an exploitative corporate nexus. In Kerala, Shri. K.V Thomas, Hon’ble Member of Parliament inaugurated the protests, standing firmly in support of all fishing communities. MLA, Shri. M. Vincent was also in attendance.  In Maharasthra, various fishing unions convened in large numbers, rallied for their livelihood and opposed the government’s one sided notification. Shri. Mahadev Janker, Minister of Cattle and Dairy Development, Fisheries, attended the protests and heard the fishing communities’ demands. Along with him, Shri. Rahula Navekar, Shri. Bhai Jagtap, Shri. Raj Purohit, Shri Jayant Patil, all MLAs, also participated. Numerous political leaders joined the protests across all coastal states and were in support of the fishing communities and their demands. 

In Goa, amidst hundreds of fishermen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effigy was burned as a collective sign of dissatisfaction. With a strong opposition to the disastrous effects of the Blue Economy, including the Sagarmala project, various Goan Fishing Unions expressed their mistrust in the current ruling government. Furthermore, in West Bengal, all fishing unions submitted a memorandum outlining their fears and listing their demands to the concerned Ministry. Odisha and Tamil Nadu also saw a turnout of hundreds of fishermen standing in solidarity with each other and against the proposed shipping corridor. 

Mr. Narendra Patil, The Chairperson of NFF and Mr. T. Peter, General Secretary have both pledged that if the government does not relent and continues towards establishing a shipping corridor, these protests will become nationwide and will reach Delhi too. 

In this regard protests were held in Gujarat : Kutch, Porbandhar, Veraval; Maharashtra : Mumbi Port, Ratnagiri and Malvan; Goa : Vasco fishing harbour; Karnataka : Mangalore, Karvar, Malppe harbours; Kerala : Kochin port, Chellanam harbour, Vizhinjam harbour; Tamilnadu: Colachal, Thengapattanam, Muttam, Chinnamuttam and Nagapattinam harbours and Ramnadu; Andhra Prathesh : Guntur Bapatla; Odisha : Bhubaneswar Rajbhavan; West Bengal : Contai and Diamond harbour.

If the government, does not heed the demands of the fishworkers after this protest, the NFF is planning to take massive campaign across the coastal states with immediate effect.

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Narendra R Patil (Maharashtra)
Chairperson (Mob. No: 9923241641)

T Peter (Kerala)
General Secretary (Mob. No: 8289905239)

Affiliates of the National Fishworkers Forum: -
1. Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan(MASS - Gujarat)- Usmangani Sherasiya- 09427443976
2. Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti (MMKS) (Maharashtra)- Kiran Koli- 09702-265813
3. Shramik Macchimar Kriti Samiti (Maharashtra)- Ravikiran Toraskar- 092259-00303
4. Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott (GRE- Goa)- Olencio Simoes- 091588-75851
5. Coastal Karnataka Fishermen Action Committee (Karnataka)- Vasudev Boloor- 09449207805
6. Kerala Swathanthra Malsyathozhilali Federation (KSMTF- Kerala)- Jackson Pollayil- 09349447166
7.Ramnadu District Fishworkers Union (Tamil Nadu)- Paul Samy- 094423-22393 –
8.Vangakadal Meen Thozhilalar Sangam Tamilnadu (Tamil Nadu)- Dr.Kumaravelu- 09442867035
9. Karaikal Fishworkers Union (Puducherry)- Vedavalli- 09047984880
10. Democratic Traditional Fisher's and Fish workers Forum (Andhra Pradesh)- Debasis Paul 08555809779
11. Orissa Traditional Fish Workers Union (Odisha)- K. Allaya- 09437-069286
12. Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF – West Bangal)- Millan Das- 078724-07611

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