Udupi: Fishermen offered samudra puje seeking a good fishing season at Malpe beach here on Thursday.
They first offered prayers at Vadabhandeshwara (Balarama) Temple at Malpe and later to the sea god at Malpe beach.
Traditionally, fishermen go to sea only after Nariyal Poornima. But with the government’s ban on fishing ending earlier, they now do so earlier.
Hiriyanna T. Kediyoor, president of Malpe Fishermen’s Association, said fishermen get a good haul between August and October and between April and May. November to March is usually regarded as slack months for fishermen.
Sports and Fisheries Minister Pramod Madhwaraj, K. Raghupati Bhat, former MLA, Yashpal Suvarna, president of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts Fish Marketing Federation, were present.
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