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Awareness on welfare aids should also be instilled in them

SHARPENING THEIR SKILLS:Fishermen attending a training programme at the Fisheries College and Research Institute in Tuticorin on Thursday— Photos: N. Rajesh
SHARPENING THEIR SKILLS:Fishermen attending a training programme at the Fisheries College and Research Institute in Tuticorin on Thursday— Photos: N. Rajesh

A programme on engine maintenance, sea safety and responsible fishing was organised, under the aegis of National Agriculture Development Programme, was held at the Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI) here on Thursday.

The fishermen were told about safety mechanism, a key requirement for fishing in marine waters.

N. Neethiselvan, Principal Investigator and Head, Department of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering, welcomed the gathering.

A. Bhella, Project Director of District Rural Development Agency, chief guest, said navigational skills of marine fishermen should be improved so as to avoid accidents at sea.

She stressed the need for responsible fishing and proper conservation of marine fishery resources. She said that fishermen should be aware of welfare measures being extended by government agencies and benefit from programmes organised in their interest.

V. K. Venkataramani, Dean, FCRI, who presided, said regulations implemented regarding fishing nets should be monitored carefully to avoid netting juvenile fishes.

He urged the fishermen to acquire knowledge of maintaining engine and adopting sea safety and responsible fishing through demonstrations being held at FCRI.

He added that scientists at the Department of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering were involved in developing suitable designs of squid jigging platforms for traditional craft operators and this would be put in action at Tuticorin coast.

M. Venkatasamy, Director of Fisheries and Extension (fisheries), and Prabavathi, Assistant Director, Tuticorin Fishing Harbour, spoke.

B. Sundaramoorthy, co-investigator of the scheme, proposed a vote of thanks.

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