Tamil Nadu Marine Fishing Regulation Rules, 1983
6. Regulation of fishing
(i) Every owner of a mechanised fishing boat shall arrange to berth his boat in the Fishing Harbour provided for it by the Government or in a place notified by the authorised officer.
(ii) No fishing gear or less than 10 mm. mesh from knot to knot in respect of nets other than trawl net shall be used.
(iii) Bottom trawling operations shall not be conducted within three nautical miles from the coast line.
(iv) Close season for fishing in a specified area shall be notified from time to time by the authorised officer having jurisdiction over that area.
(v) The authorised officer shall have the right of prohibiting the catching of any particular species of fish, during any particular season as may be notified.
(vi) The non-mechanised fishing vessel shall be used for fishing within three nautical miles from the shore and shall go for hook and line fishing and boat seine.
(vii) Fishing within 100 metres below a river mouth is prohibited.
(viii) The owner of a non-mechanised fishing vessel shall not use his gill net in the channel earmarked as the passage for mechanised fishing vessel.
(ix) Mechanised fishing boat shall not be used for fishing within three nautical miles from the shore.
(x) The number of mechanised fishing vessel which may be used for fishing in any specified area shall be decided by the authorised officer having jurisdiction over that area.
(xi) When a mechanised fishing boat is taken out from a notified place of berth of anchoring, it shall follow a specified channel marked by the authorised officer having jurisdiction in the sea upto three nautical miles limit and then proceed to the fishing grounds;
Provided that the passing of such mechanised fishing vessel through the specified channel shall not in any manner cause any damage to any fishing gear belonging to any person who engages in fishing in the specified area by using any traditional fishing crafts.
(xii) No owner of a fishing vessel shall use or cause or allow to be used such fishing vessel for fishing in any manner which contravene provisions of these rules.