National marine fisheries census began on Monday across the country under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, carried out by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute covering the maritime States and Union territories.
Around 3,000 enumerators will visit an estimated 11 lakh fishermen families in 4,250 marine fishing villages in 73 districts in the country.
The data collection will be supervised by 220 officials of ICAR-CMFRI across the country.
The 30-day exercise is to collect primary data on marine fishermen families and fishing craft and gears. The census will also yield data on the social and educational condition of the marine fishermen community.
Rs. 4 crore
The fisheries census involves an expenditure of nearly Rs. 4 crore and it is being funded by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.