The month-long National Marine Fisheries Census will get under way on February 1 under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), executed by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), covering all maritime States and Union Territories.
Data for the island regions of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep will be collated by the Fisheries Survey of India, says a posting on the CMFRI website.
The 30-day exercise will yield data on marine fishermen families and population; fishing craft and gears; and social and educational as well as demographic profile of the marine fishermen community in the country.
The marine fisheries census, involving an expenditure of nearly Rs.4 crore, is funded by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries under the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
Around 3,000 enumerators will visit an estimated 11 lakh fishermen families in 4,250 marine fishing villages in 73 districts.
The process of data collection will be supervised by 220 officials of the ICAR-CMFRI across its 26 centres.
The schedule for data collection is designed to yield accurate information on the social, educational, fishing, and infrastructure aspects of marine fishermen families.
Specific details such as fishing, processing, value addition, handling, marketing, etc., will emerge from the data.
A schedule has also been prepared for collecting data on infrastructure in fishing villages and on fish harvesting and processing facilities available in coastal districts.
The exercise covered 3,202 marine fishing villages, 1,332 fish landing centres, and 7,56,212 fishermen households.