Sustainable fisheries: ‘Kerala model’ lauded

At a time when sustainable utilisation of marine resources has become a hot topic globally, the ‘Kerala model’ of curbing destructive fishing practices and protecting marine ecosystems has found takers at the national level.

The Department of Fisheries under the Union Agriculture Ministry has advised coastal States and Union Territories to consider adopting conservation measures already introduced by Kerala. One measure that has found special mention is the State Fisheries department’s ‘Suchitwa Sagaram’ (Clean Sea) initiative meant to keep the marine environment clean.

The Centre has asked coastal States to enforce Minimum Legal Size for catch, a recommendation originally made by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. It has also asked the States and UTs to strengthen fishermen cooperatives and to equip them to undertake deep-sea, resource-specific fishing.

Monsoon trawling ban

They have also been asked to enforce the monsoon-season trawling ban and prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Further, the Centre has called for a ban on destructive fishing practices such as bull trawling/pair trawling and the use of toxins and chemicals for fishing. Again, States and UTs have been asked to restrict fishing based on Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) and the use of LED lights for fishing, except for squid jigging.

Coastal States have been asked to emulate Kerala and Tamil Nadu in regulating fish building yards and net manufacturing units by enforcing registration and licencing under the Marine Fishing Regulation Act.

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