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the Union cabinet has decided to impose a ban on deep sea fishing ( dsf ) operations. The decision was followed by a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs ( ccea ) on September 4, which accepted most of the recommendations of the Murari committee report that had reviewed the dsf issue in India's exclusive economic zone. This decision could mean the cancellation of all licences granted for dsf operations under joint venture, lease and charter policies.

However, till the time of going to press, no ban order had been officially issued, as the law ministry has to study how the existing licencees can be compensated. The ban would involve 16 joint venture companies with a fleet of 61 dsf vessels (18 of them in operation) and 57 vessels on lease (10 of them in operation). According to sources, the law ministry has found that most of the licences could be cancelled without much complication. But some of them

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