Staff Reporter

Climate change forcing fish to move to cooler waters

Kozhikode: Warning that climate change will warm the Arabian Sea, forcing fishes to move away to cooler waters, former Additional Director of Fisheries Sanjeev Ghosh said that the State’s fishing community’s livelihood was under threat for no fault of theirs.

He said that the ‘chakara’ would deplete drastically in the years to come if no action is taken.

Discussion held

Mr. Ghosh was speaking at a discussion organised by the Malabar Coastal Institute for Training, Research & Action (MCITRA) on global warming, climate change and the effect caused by these phenomena on the fisheries sector in the state.

“Global warming, besides affecting the fish catch, also puts the coastal area in danger of being submerged by a rises in the sea level,” he said.

Dr. M.R. Venugopal, scientist at the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), called on MCITRA to take up the responsibility to collection data on statistics that would help prove changes made to the fishing economy due to climate change. He said that satellite data and data available with the government could be used for the study.

Kerala State Matsya Thozhilali Federation president A.K. Bawa, MCITRA president Baby John and representatives of fishing and coastal organisations took part in the discussion.