Visitors passing by the Ennore expressway could have seen concrete structures like tripods dumped on the shoreline. These structures will be used to create a sea wall for the newly planned tuna fishing harbour at Tiruvottiyurkuppam in Tiruvallur district.
A senior fisheries official said an announcement in this regard was made in the Assembly by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the work was awarded to a contractor in June this year. In the last five months, the work has progressed as per schedule, the officer said.
On creating a separate tuna fishing harbour, the officer said that all types of fish catch are brought to the harbour in Kasimedu at present, where they are auctioned or sold. After the new harbour is inaugurated, tuna liners can have a separate platform for selling their catch. Cold storage facilities for tuna fish is likely to be created in order to help lend traction for the export of tuna, the official said.
Apart from this, the fisheries department is also planning to create a local market for the fish. Consumption of tuna is high in Kerala and in some parts of Tamil Nadu. With the new facility, this fish species can be popularised among people of the state, the officer said.
In order to create the fishing harbour, authorities are laying four types of tetrapods weighing two tonnes, four tonnes, six tonnes and eight tonnes along the shoreline.
About 2,077 tetrapods weighing 2 tonnes have already been laid in the water. The work on the harbour is expected to be completed by December 2021, the official said.