Fishing Ban

How to enjoy fish during the yearly fishing ban.

It’s that time of the year again. The fishing ban. If you’re an ardent seafood lover, you probably dread this season, but the annual fishing ban is essential to marine life.  

Every year, the Indian government imposes a ban on fishing from seas and oceans. This ban is usually in place in the monsoon season for two months (usually in phases), across the east and west coast of India.

Why? Overfishing.

Overfishing happens when we fish from our seas without giving the species enough time to replenish themselves. This results in a major shortage of that species of fish in the area.

The marine fish population in our seas and oceans is dwindling because of overfishing. This has greater impact in the monsoon, since it is also fish breeding season. Thanks to the fishing ban during the monsoon, the fish population gets a chance to replenish itself.

As part of the fishing ban, trawlers are prohibited from entering the sea. Trawlers are the larger mechanised boats that are equipped with really fine nets that sweep the entire ocean’s floor, trapping all life forms that get caught in it. In breeding season, this means the nets capture even the young fish and eggs.  

The only kinds of boats allowed in the sea during the monsoon are the small, traditional ones. But because it’s the monsoon, it makes it risky for the fishermen to venture out in their boats in the stormy weather.

What does this mean for fish lovers?

The next two months might be slightly tricky. Saltwater fish will be scarce and pricier than usual. But that doesn’t mean you won’t get to enjoy any fish at all. You could try fresh water fish like Rohu and Catla. And you shouldn’t have much trouble finding prawns either.

As a fish lover, you will be able to appreciate that giving the fish two months off is a small price to pay to ensure we have a steady supply of good quality fish for the rest of the year. At Licious, we’ve pledged our support to the cause of responsible sourcing and sustainability, and hope you’ll support it too.

Head on to explore our collection of freshwater fish and get cooking. And if you’re looking for inspo, we also have some recipes you can use. Happy cooking!

Fishing ban


  1. Shraddha reddy

    That’s a really conscious effort.
    Much needed and much humane.
    Thankyou for following the initiative hope many would to the same.


  2. Shrabana Das

    Fantastic initiative by the government which needs to be supported wholeheartedly! Thank you Licious, for following the same. Awesome!

  3. Brin from the eastern part of India I have seen this and it’s a great initiative from the Government of India. Thanks for sharing and putting up an nice article around this. It’s Stick2Basics, stick2Nature

  4. Paulami roy

    That’s wonderful for our environment. Though it can be hard for the fish lovers but if you are a fish lover you must respect this cause so that our environment is taken care off.

  5. it was soothingly wonderful effort to educate fish lovers. kudos ?

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  7. Kishor Katoch

    Great initiative by the government…..?!!!
    Thank you Licious, for knowledgable article? !!!!
    Fully support Licious !!

  8. meenu vijayalekshmi

    Nice effort appreciable

  9. Good short and simple crisp writ, Good work Chandni

  10. This is such an amazing effort from the government’s side and thanks Licious for letting us know of this.

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