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  • MARIMUTHU
    ‘Fisheries crisis will hurt livelihood of 15 million’ An old-time fisherman, Ahmed Kaka, 63, from Luni village off the Kutch coast of Gujarat, complains
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      ‘Fisheries crisis will hurt livelihood of 15 million’


      An old-time fisherman, Ahmed Kaka, 63, from Luni village off the
      Kutch coast of Gujarat, complains that several species of fish have
      disappeared.
      “Earlier, we would capture 129 different species, including large
      pomfret and octopus, but today, these have all vanished,” said Mr Kaka.
      Mr Kaka’s views are shared by 15 million people living along India’s coastline whose livelihood depends on the fishing industry.
      Mataanhy Saldanha, chairman of the National Fishworkers Forum, warns
      against the falling size of the mackerel being caught today.
      “Not only is the mackerel size getting smaller but trawlers are catching
      mackerel with eggs which means there is no chance for them to
      reproduce. Rejuvenation of fish is not happening as trawlers fish even
      during the breeding season.”
      In the southern states, large quantities of juveniles fishes are being
      caught and discarded since they have no commercial value. The economic
      loss of the juvenile fish by a single trawler in Kerala coast has been
      estimated at `28 lakhs.
      A Greenpeace report titled “Safeguard or Squander? Deciding the future
      of India’s Fisheries” warns that 90 per cent of India’s fish resources
      have reached above maximum sustainable levels of exploitation. These
      findings contradict the ministry of commerce projections that marine
      exports will be raised from $4 billion to $6 billion by 2015.
      The working group of the Planning Commission has also expressed
      apprehension that export growth of marine capture fisheries has
      stagnated since the early 2000s with growth being sustained due to the
      aquaculture sector.
      The report quotes data from the Central Marine Fisheries Research
      Institute which shows that the average landings of white fish, ribbon
      fish, thread fins, flat fishes, elasmobrachs and mullets are declining
      while flying fishes and unicorn cod fall in the depleted bracket.
      Mr Saldanha insists unrestricted use of trawlers and mechanised purse
      seine poses the biggest threat . The current deep sea fishing policy
      which overlooks foreign vessels holding dual registrations has added to
      the problem because while local Indian tuna vessels are between 15 and
      19m. in length and have up to 400 hooks, the Taiwanese vessels are 55m
      long and operate with 4,000 hooks.
      Another danger is posed by India’s deep sea resources whose biological
      characteristics that create specific challenges for the sustainable
      utilisation of fishing.
      http://www.asianage.com/india/fisheries-crisis-will-hurt-livelihood-15-million-787

       

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      Rengasamy Marimuthu
      Senior Education Officer
      Zoo Outreach Organisation
      96. Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi post
      Coimbatore-641035, Tamil Nadu, India
      Tel (O)+91 422 2665298;Fax (O):+91 422 2665472; Cell: +91 98 422 22774
      Skype:rengasamymarimuthu,Office  mail: marimuthu@...
      Website: www.zooreach.org,www.zoosprint.org


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    • santosh sahoo
      It s indeed a sad news, and for a sustainable seacoast and deep sea biodiversity, strict legislation is required to curb illigal fishing and export
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        It's indeed a sad news, and for a sustainable seacoast and deep sea biodiversity, strict legislation is required to curb illigal fishing and export of seacoast fishing products. The fishery department should prohibit fishing activities in GPS identified vulnerable areas of endangered seacoast  and deep sea species. Any fishing activity within these areas need to be strictly monitored.
         
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        SK 

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        Subject: [andamanicobar] ‘Fisheries crisis will hurt livelihood of 15 million’
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        Date: Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:36 PM



         



        ‘Fisheries crisis will hurt livelihood of 15 million’

        An old-time fisherman, Ahmed Kaka, 63, from Luni village off the
        Kutch coast of Gujarat, complains that several species of fish have
        disappeared.
        “Earlier, we would capture 129 different species, including large
        pomfret and octopus, but today, these have all vanished,” said Mr Kaka.
        Mr Kaka’s views are shared by 15 million people living along India’s coastline whose livelihood depends on the fishing industry.
        Mataanhy Saldanha, chairman of the National Fishworkers Forum, warns
        against the falling size of the mackerel being caught today.
        “Not only is the mackerel size getting smaller but trawlers are catching
        mackerel with eggs which means there is no chance for them to
        reproduce. Rejuvenation of fish is not happening as trawlers fish even
        during the breeding season.”
        In the southern states, large quantities of juveniles fishes are being
        caught and discarded since they have no commercial value. The economic
        loss of the juvenile fish by a single trawler in Kerala coast has been
        estimated at `28 lakhs.
        A Greenpeace report titled “Safeguard or Squander? Deciding the future
        of India’s Fisheries” warns that 90 per cent of India’s fish resources
        have reached above maximum sustainable levels of exploitation. These
        findings contradict the ministry of commerce projections that marine
        exports will be raised from $4 billion to $6 billion by 2015.
        The working group of the Planning Commission has also expressed
        apprehension that export growth of marine capture fisheries has
        stagnated since the early 2000s with growth being sustained due to the
        aquaculture sector.
        The report quotes data from the Central Marine Fisheries Research
        Institute which shows that the average landings of white fish, ribbon
        fish, thread fins, flat fishes, elasmobrachs and mullets are declining
        while flying fishes and unicorn cod fall in the depleted bracket.
        Mr Saldanha insists unrestricted use of trawlers and mechanised purse
        seine poses the biggest threat . The current deep sea fishing policy
        which overlooks foreign vessels holding dual registrations has added to
        the problem because while local Indian tuna vessels are between 15 and
        19m. in length and have up to 400 hooks, the Taiwanese vessels are 55m
        long and operate with 4,000 hooks.
        Another danger is posed by India’s deep sea resources whose biological
        characteristics that create specific challenges for the sustainable
        utilisation of fishing.
        http://www.asianage.com/india/fisheries-crisis-will-hurt-livelihood-15-million-787

         

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        Rengasamy Marimuthu
        Senior Education Officer
        Zoo Outreach Organisation
        96. Kumudham Nagar, Vilankurichi post
        Coimbatore-641035, Tamil Nadu, India
        Tel (O)+91 422 2665298;Fax (O):+91 422 2665472; Cell: +91 98 422 22774
        Skype:rengasamymarimuthu,Office  mail: marimuthu@...
        Website: www.zooreach.org,www.zoosprint.org

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