India's total marine fisher population was 3.57 mn, according to the 2005 census statistics. Of these, 0.9mn are active fishers, while 0.76 are involved in other allied sector activities. Besides, these there are fishers involved in the inland and aquaculture sector. Fish processing industries also provide a major source of employment, especially to women in rural areas. Currently there is no single legal framework covering the labour issues of fishworkers.
Some of the key issues on labour include: conditions of work, conditions of work on board fishing vessels, conditions of life, minimum age, safety at sea and social security. Besides these, Indian fishers are often arrested and detained in South Asian countries, for unauthorised fishing.
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