A five-day training programme on “Statistical data collection methods” commenced at Fisheries College and Research Institute here on Monday.
According to a statement from FCRI, the programme is funded by the Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Department, Chennai, under FIMSUL (Fisheries Management For Sustainable Livelihood)- II, a World Bank-funded programme.
At inaugural function, R. Amal Xavier, Joint Director, Fisheries Department, Thoothukudi, emphasised the need for the training to planners and fisheries managers to decide on the current status of the stock and take proper decision to harvest fisheries resources.
G. Sugumar, Dean of FCRI, released a training manual on “Fisheries Statistical Data Collection.”
While delivering presidential address, he said that data collection played an important role in assessing the status of fish stock and systematic sampling would help in assessing the exact harvestable limit at seas. This would help plan strategies to harvest the resources in a sustainable manner.
T. Francis, Professor and Head, Department of Fisheries Biology and Resource Management welcomed the gathering. A. Srinivasan, Chair, School of Fisheries Resources and Environment Management, offered felicitations. A total of 28 participants from Fisheries Department representing different coastal districts of Tamil Nadu attended.