KERALA

Ways to estimate yield in Indian waters proposed

Nearly 700 fish species are being caught from the Indian coastal waters every year.file photo

Nearly 700 fish species are being caught from the Indian coastal waters every year.file photo  

An Indo-German workshop on utilisation of Catch Maximum Sustainable Yield (CMSY) in Indian waters began at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Thursday.

The two-day workshop is jointly organised by CMFRI and GIZ, a German government agency, as part of an Indo-German project to impart training on new approaches to estimating CMSY for assessment of fish stocks in data-poor environment.

Experts, who spoke at the workshop, felt there was a mechanism to resolve data deficiency while assessing marine fish stocks in Indian waters. Michael Vakily, programme director, GIZ, said there were global databases relevant to fish stock assessment which could be utilised by Asian scientists, according to a press release from CMFRI.

M.L.D. Palomares, senior scientist at the University of British Colombia, Canada, invoked the support of Asian scientists in improving the structure of databases such as FishBase and SeaLIfeBase, which, he said, would be useful in delivering CMSY through new methods.

According to T.V. Satyanandan, head of Fishery Resources Assessment Division of CMFRI, nearly 700 fish species are being caught from the Indian coastal waters every year. “However, information necessary for fish stock assessment is usually not available for all species,” he said.

R. Froese, senior scientist, Centre of Ocean Research, Germany, and Crispina Binohlan, research associate, FishBase, the Philippines, are the other resource persons at the workshop.

The programme is coordinated by the Fishery Resources Assessment Division of CMFRI.

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