Action must be taken against the use of such unauthorised boats and they must be prohibited, he said.
Another petition was filed by the Deep Sea Mechanised Boat Fishing Development Association, which sought directions for registration and certification of mechanised boats.
The petitioner contended that some of these vessels used 700 HP engines that were brought from China as scrap and fitted to boats.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday, hearing two separate petitions — one for prohibiting the use of unauthorised fishing vessels and the other seeking registration and grant of certificate for the mechanised deep sea fishing vessels — adjourned the case.
These vessels were used for deep-sea fishing and were regulated under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.