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12 August 2013 to 16 August 2013.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Fast erosion of the coastal area poses threat to the villages-MP expresses concern
The turbulent strong sea waves have been eroding the long belt of the coastal areas at many locations in Car Nicobar for the last many years. Now the situation has worsened and become alarming. The Member of Parliament Shri Bishnu Pada Ray in his recent visit to this Island found that the fast erosion of the coastal land is posing threat to the nearby coastal villages...
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Bihar: China has cleared three dam projects on Brahmaputra mainstream: Govt
China has cleared three dam projects on Brahmaputra mainstream in Tibet, government said on Monday. "The recently released 'Outline of the 12th Five year plan for National Economic and Social Development of the People's Republic of China' indicates that three dam projects on the main stream of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet Autonomous Region have been approved for implementation by Chinese authorities," minister of water resources Harish Rawat said...
Assam: Rajya Sabha passes Bill to declare Assam river as National Waterway
Rajya Sabha passed a bill to declare the 121-km stretch of Barak river in Assam as National Waterway, a move aimed at unified development of waterways for shipping, navigation and transportation of cargo to the north-eastern region...
Odisha: Odisha gets ready for ICZM phase-11 projects
With strategic and encouraging interventions of Phase-I, Odisha has been chosen for Phase-II of ICZM ( Integrated Coastal Zone Management) projects by Ministry of Forest & Environment , Govt. of India. A high level meeting for preparation of Phase –II project proposal was held today under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in secretariat conference hall wherein Project Director, ICZM Odisha...
Andhra Pradesh: Adrift in a sea of poverty
Women fish vendors in coastal Andhra Pradesh struggle to make ends meet. Fish vendors Olisetty Poleramma and Pilla Muthyamma, live in Peda Jalaripetta, a large fishing settlement that lies on one flank of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh’s second largest city...
Tamil Nadu and Kerala: Green Tribunal bans beach sand mining in coastal States
Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Kerala asked to file report. The National Green Tribunal has decided to set up an expert committee to carry out orders it may pass in future and to prepare a comprehensive report on illegal sand mining. The committee will carry out comprehensive zoning and mapping to delineate areas where mining could be permitted and to what extent...
Kerala: Mother of three takes on mining mafia to save Kannur beaches
Thiruvananthapuram: It was not just IAS officers who were taking on mining mafia, now a mother of three has been taking on the mining mafia in Kerala to save the beaches of her hometown in Kannur. As the entire nation has been busy celebrating Eid, a Muslim woman with her three children was protesting at the government secretariat to stop illegal sand minning in Kannur...
Karnataka: Migratory fishermen in Hassan in dire straits
Their earnings dwindle after federation gets fishing licence Families of the migratory fishermen’s community (burude bestaru) in parts of Hassan and Alur taluks, who are dependent on the Hemavati reservoir for their livelihood, are in dire straits. Fishing in the reservoir has been granted to a cooperative federation and their earnings have dwindled drastically...
Goa: Stinking fish market irks Mandrem locals
Lack of hygiene and basic facilities at the congested Mandrem fish market is haunting the local authorities, as agitated fish vendors have shifted shop to the streets and are now selling fish in the open. Heaps of accumulated garbage near the market complex is raising an unbearable stench in the area...
Gujarat: Banks refuse loans to Pakistan-hit Gujarat fishermen
In Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, fishermen are in a Catch-22 situation. With Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) preying on Indian fishermen who accidentally cross non-demarcated sea boundaries in search of a good catch, banks are refusing to give them loans to buy trawlers...
India: Eco impact of fishing doubles on the coasts
Mechanised boats may be travelling further into the sea and catching more fish, but they have also doubled the environmental cost of consuming fish in India over the last 50 years. This is likely to push up cost of fish as the impact on fish stock is felt...
India: Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project to get serious on including gender
Most marine and fisheries development projects are gender blind, even though, in recent years, they generally pay much more attention to reaching out to fishing communities. What does a major, multi-country project do when it wants to get serious on overcoming its gender-blindness? For sure, the project partners face a steep learning curve, but the FAO-managed Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) project has taken the plunge...
India: Forum seeks PM's intervention to rescue 119 Tamil fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan jails
A fishermen's forum has sought the immediate intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in rescuing 119 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry who were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy while fishing in Indian waters...
India: ‘Need joint-fishing agreement between Sri Lanka and India’
The National Fish Workers Forum and the Vangakadal Meen Thozhilalar Sangam has called for a subsidy package for taking up deep-sea fishing . Staging a demonstration outside the head post office in Nagapattinam on Tuesday, members placed a three-fold charter of demands that would help settle disputes between the fisherfolk of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka...
India; National Maritime meet to formulate guidelines and procedures
The XII National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) meeting under the chairmanship of vice admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, AVSM, Director General Indian Coast Guard was held on August 8...
India: U.S. sets shrimp duties on five countries, spares Thailand, Indonesia
The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday set final duties on billions of dollars of shrimp from four Asian countries and Ecuador to offset foreign government subsidies, but spared major suppliers Thailand and Indonesia from the import tax...
Myanmar: Myanmar's Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to include rural development
Myanmar's parliament has approved to change the name of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to include rural development in a parliamentary session held in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday. Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries will now be called as Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development according to the decision...
Bangladesh: Now fish fry gets smuggled
Fry fish has recently entered the long list of items being smuggled to India from bordering areas in Jessore Fry (juvenile fish) has recently entered the long list of items being smuggled to India from bordering areas in Jessore...
Pakistan: Ansar Burney takes up Pakistani family’s issue
Pakistani human rights activist and former Federal Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney claims to have taken up the issue of the five-member Pakistani family, arrested by the Karunagappally Police on Saturday...
05 August 2013 to 09 August 2013.
Uttar Pradesh: Mafia’s role in sand mining in UP and goonda tax' on fishing and river bed farming
For lakhs of residents of the Trans-Yamuna regions of Allahabad, Kaushambi and Chitrakoot districts in Uttar Pradesh, life depends largely on the river ecosystem, in particular sand mining. However, over the years this traditional livelihood has been marred by the extorting means of the sand mafia, who use political intimidation and administrative apathy to openly rob locals of their sand...
West Bengal: Sunderbans fisherman dies in tiger attack
A resident of Lahiripur, who had reportedly set out on an 'illegal' fishing trip inside the Sunderbans forests, was killed in a tiger attack on Tuesday morning. The deceased, sources said, has been identified as Bhabosindhu Mondal (40), a resident of Number 8 Parasmani village of Lahiripur...
Odisha: Trawler intrusion issue
Conflict between sea-going fishermen from Andhra Pradesh and Odisha came to a head recently when some fishing vessels from Vishakhapatnam fishing harbour were prevented from berthing at Paradip harbour temporarily by local trawl operators...
Andhra Pradesh: Protests render fish supply in 'T'roubled waters
The protests in the coastal districts against the bifurcation of the state have badly hit the fish supply over the last few days. have given fish a bad taste as the supply has been badly hit over the last few days. Hyderabad and its surrounding districts are entirely dependent on coastal districts for the supply of a variety of seafood, which people enjoy, particularly on Sundays. However, this has become costlier this Sunday...
Tamil Nadu: Residents challenge Panaiyur coal jetty project
The proposed Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project in Kancheepuram, which is awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), has run into rough weather again with residents of Panaiyur Periakuppam challenging before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the permission given to the project proponents to establish a captive coal jetty and conveyor belt for the plant in their fishing hamlet...
Tamil Nadu; Focus on hygiene as fishing harbour gets a makeover
Infrastructure facilities are being enhanced at a cost of Rs.12 crore. A slew of infrastructure developments are taking place at the Tuticorin fishing harbour, all aimed at ensuring hygienic handling of fishes and providing various facilities to the stakeholders in the fishing industry...
Puducherry: Fishermen's forum writes to PM Manmohan Singh to take steps to end attacks
The National Fish Workers Forum today appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene immediately and ensure diplomatic steps to bring an end to the attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy...
Kerala: At the receiving end of black marketeers’ ire
Matsyafed officials pressured to restore subsidy for all permit holders. Black marketeers who found themselves in a tough spot following the State government’s decision to stop the distribution of kerosene at subsidised rates for all outboard engine boats over 12 years old have started pressured Matsyafed officials in the district in a display of their opposition to the move...
Kerala; GI tag for Kaipad rice to boost cultivation
Kaipad system of rice cultivation is an organic farming system in which rice cultivation and aquaculture go together in coastal brackish water marshes. The clearance to include kaipad rice cultivated in the brackish water tracts in the northern parts of the State in the Geographical Indications (GI) registry is expected to give fresh impetus to the initiatives to revive the traditional ‘kaipad’ system of rice cultivation internationally...
Karnataka: Eight fishermen rescued after boat capsizes near Mangalore
As many as eight fishermen were rescued after their boat capsized at the estuary mouth near the Old Port in the city on Monday. Purushothama (48), Thimmappa (40), Rama (33), Bhagesh (19), Mohan (26), Mohan Shirali (22), all hails from Bhatkal, Sethu (25) from Tamilnadu and Ramdas (30), from Koppamogeru in Mangalore, are the fishermen who were rescued after their boat 'Nimmi Kalyani' capsized...
Goa: Development, tourism to affect fish reserves: NIO scientist
Development and tourism along the coast could soon sound the death knell for Goa's fish reserves, said national institute of oceanography scientist Baban Ingole, addressing a workshop on coastal ecology recently. Right from ship-breaking scrapyards to the dredging of the sea-bed, human activity is destroying coastal ecology, leaving marine fauna in a toxic environment...
Goa: 10 crew saved as sea roughs up 2 trawlers
Lifeguards on Tuesday rescued a total of 10 fishing crew members after two trawlers were affected, in separate incidents, by rough sea conditions. Around 6.20am, a trawler heading seawards at Benaulim was hit by a "huge wave" a short way into its journey...
Maharashtra: Fishermen close ranks against Rs 8000-cr coastal road project
Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to appoint a consultant for the Rs 8,000 crore coastal road project, opposition from the local fishing community is intensifying. Representatives from 15 fishing colonies along the coastline are planning to hold a dharna in front of the Municipal Commissioner's office later this month...
India: The vanishing wetlands in India
In movies, they are shown as dark and dank places, full of bloodthirsty creatures lurking in unseen corners. Our perception of swamps, marshes and other such semi-aquatic habitats have always walked on the fear of the unknown. They have been as seen hot, humid, mosquito-breeding infestations, and not recognized for the richness of their ecosystem...
India: Thailand's killer disease puts Indian vannamei shrimp on high table
The demand for Indian vannamei shrimp, currently the top earner in the seafood export basket, has surged following the spread of a disease - early mortality syndrome (EMS) - in the shrimp farms of Thailand. The shortage has also raised the prices in the global market...
India: Responsible Fishmeal for Asian Aquaculture Industry
Industry leaders came together last week in a drive to ensure responsible fishmeal production for the aquaculture feed industry in Asia. The fish feed industry, major retailers, farmers and leading international organisations met at the 4th Asian Fish Feed Roundtable in Bangkok, hosted by The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), on 18 July...
India: Animal welfare board of India bats for shark finning ban
The animal welfare board of India (AWBI) has issued an advisory to coastal state fisheries Thursday urging them to allow fishermen to land sharks with their fins attached to prevent finning. Shark finning is a practice in which fishermen catch sharks, cut their fins and release those back into the water where they die a slow and painful death...
India: Bill to amend wildlife Act introduced in Rajya Sabha
Bill seeks to increase jail term for serious crimes related to endangered animals to between five and seven years. The government on Monday introduced a Bill in the Rajya Sabha to amend the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. The Bill provides a legal framework for the protection of various species of wild animals, plants and for the management of their habitat...
The Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill 2013 text is available at:
Pakistan: Appearance of dead fish along coastline
The fishermen community, including the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) on Wednesday expressed concern over the loss of fish species, as tonnes of dead fish reached ashore after rain, causing threat to marine ecology. Nature conservationists held responsible government authorities over discharge of industrial effluents dumped into the rivers and drains of the city that increased the concentration of pollution level in the sea and brought a disaster for marine life...
Nepal: Fish consumption rises three-fold
Bird flu outbreaks in Kathmandu Valley have directly affected market price of meat — mutton, buff and pork — and fish. Consumption of fish has grown three-fold in the market. “People have been turning to fish to avoid the deadly H5N1 virus detected in chickens,” said third vice president of Nepal Fish Meat Traders Association Shyam Shahi...
Myanmar: Cabinet gives Myanmar migrant workers one more year to obtain documents
The cabinet has approved the Labor Ministry’s proposal to allow registered migrant workers who are awaiting their documents to stay in the kingdom for another year.
Director-General of the Department of Employment Prawit Kiangpol said after the weekly cabinet meeting that permission has been granted to illegal foreign workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who have already been registered but are still waiting for their paperwork to be processed by relevant agencies to stay for one more year...
Bangladesh: BFWA against issuance of trawler licenses in Bay
Bangladesh Fish Workers' Alliance (BFWA), who works on the interest of small fish workers, on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction on the authority concerned decision for issuance of trawlers' licenses for fishing in the Bay of Bengal. "Issuance of trawler licenses without any survey in the bay of Bengal could hamper the interest of small fishermen," they made this observation at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club here along with five coastal-based NGOs namely COAST, CODEC, PASS, SAD-BD, and Udayan...
29 July 2013 to 02 August 2013.
Lakshadweep Islands: Two missing fishermen rescued off Ponnani
The Indian coast guard on Saturday rescued two crew members of a fishing boat which was found stranded 35 nautical miles off the coast of Kerala. Crew members of MFB Najiya had been missing since July 23 from near the coast of Androth Islands in Lakshadweep...
Nagaland: Fish farming system and climate change
At present, Indian agriculture has been more concerned with food production, nutritional security, sustainability etc., in the wake of much talked about climate change or global warming. National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project, which is an ongoing project at ICAR Research Complex, NEH region, Nagaland centre has been trying to create awareness amongst the farming community through various activities like training programmes, trails etc...
West Bengal: Bangladesh-India joint efforts a must to save hilsa: Experts
It is high time that consumers be made aware of the need for conservation of the iconic fish – “hilsa” – in the Bengal delta for its greater availability, said experts at a discussion on Thursday. They observed that tackling the demand for hilsa is as critical as the dissuasion of others from catching the fish during their spawning and breeding seasons...
Odisha: Depression over Bay of Bengal, Odisha fishermen alerted
Odisha on Tuesday cautioned its fishermen against venturing out into the sea as a low pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression, an official said. The depression lay centred about 180 km southeast of Balasore, an official of the meteorological centre here told IANS...
Andhra Pradesh: Fisherwomen in Andhra Pradesh turn entrepreneurs
In the midst of all the negativism that has become the order of the day a visit to the rural areas in Andhra Pradesh can be an inspiring experience. Recently, I visited the fisherwomen community, who have organised themselves into a federation called Godavari Mahasamakhya in East Godavari district...
Tamil Nadu: Sri Lanka arrests 65 Indian fishermen
As many as 65 fishermen from India were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy Tuesday night on charges of fishing in Sri Lankan waters. A total of 34 fishermen in five boats were caught fishing north of Point Pedro, a town located in Jaffna, and another 31 , in four boats, were apprehended north east of Mullaitivu...
Kerala: Vizhinjam port to impact fishing, damage beaches, says study
The project will be developed in three phases, and is expected to be commissioned by 2016. A Comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study on the proposed Rs 5,100-crore Vizhinjam international seaport near Thiruvananthapuram pointed out that there would be a permanent loss to the beaches and fishing grounds at Mulloor area, near the site, once the port is operational...
Kerala: Forum seeks benefits for inland fisheries sector
Demands setting up of Kerala Inland Fisheries Development Corporation. Fishermen and fish workers engaged in inland fishing have demanded that the benefits of government welfare schemes be given to them as well since they are also contributing to the fishermen welfare fund...
Karnataka: Hejamady harbour to come up soon: Sorake
A fisheries harbour will come up soon in Hejamady and an amount of Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for the purpose in the recent state budget, said Urban development and district in-charge minister Vinay Kumar Sorake on Saturday...
Goa: Fishing canoe capsizes off Sernabatim and Uttarkhand, Jharkhand fishermen are admitted in hospital
A motorized fishing canoe which had ventured into the sea capsized off the Colva shore on account of the rough sea conditions on Sunday afternoon. Four fishermen aboard the canoe who were rescued by the life guards were rushed to the Hospicio hospital, Margao, where they are undergoing treatment...
Maharashtra: Multi-crore prawn cultivation projects drains Maharashtra exchequer
Criminal neglect by the state administration in developing one-of-its kind fresh water prawn hatchery project here has not only resulted in loss of public money exceeding Rs seven cores but also shamed Maharashtra in the international community...
Gujarat: Pakistan protests arrest of fisherman
Pakistan Wednesday said the arrest of a Pakistani fishermen by the Border Security Force (BSF) off Gujarat can "vitiate the atmosphere" of talks with India. Pakistan High Commission press attache Manzoor Ali Memon said Gul Bahar was arrested July 23 in Harani Dhoro area off Sir Creek. He said the high commission lodged a protest with Indian authorities Tuesday...
India: Delhi urged to help abducted Indian fishermen
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been urged to use diplomatic channels to secure the release of 19 Indian fishermen who were working at a Saudi company at the time they were kidnapped. The fishermen, from the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, were working as contract laborers on the fishing boats of a private Saudi company and are now in jail in Iran...
India: Universities to document fishermen's knowledge
Eight hours before the tsunami hit the shores in 2004, fishermen in the coastal areas had sent across a message that the sea would come in. It was the elderly fishermen in the area who gave the warning listening to the sounds from the sea and the behaviour of animals in the water and on the land...
India: Indonesia, India fingered as biggest shark catchers
Indonesia and India on Tuesday were named as the world’s biggest catchers of sharks in an EU-backed probe into implementing a new pact to protect seven threatened species of sharks and rays. Indonesia and India account for more than a fifth of global shark catches, according to the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC...
Sri Lanka: Big developments in the Sri Lankan fishery
Around 301 houses have been constructed for fishing families in the Trincomalee district under the Diyawara Gammana programme. Over Rs. 550 million has been spent on the development of the fisheries industry...
Sri Lanka: Tough penalties for Lankan fishermen who violate EU rules
To conform to European Union regulations, tough penalties are to be imposed on Sri Lankan fishermen who stray into territorial waters of other countries and resort to illegal fishing methods, Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday...
Bangladesh: 25 more fishing licences
Political consideration behind the decision alleged. The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to issue 25 new licences to trawlers for fishing in the exclusive economic zone of the Bay of Bengal. The government nod came though there is no study on the existing stock of white fish in the deep sea...
Pakistan: India releases 22 Pakistanis
At least 22 Pakistani nationals, including 19 fishermen, were released Tuesday by Indian authorities and allowed to go home from the Attari-Wagah border. The Pakistani fishermen had been arrested for crossing into India's territorial waters. They were lodged in various jails...
22 July to 26 July 2013.
Lakshadweep Islands: Debris from Mol Comfort lands in Kerala beaches, Lakshadweep
Three gas tankers and some articles, suspected to be from the container vessel M V Mol Comfort, which sank in the Indian Ocean last month, have washed ashore in some places in Kadmat in Lakshadweep islands and in the beaches on the northern most district of Kerala in Kasaragod...
Jammu and Kashmir: The difficulty of being a fisherwoman
Amira Kadal Bridge is dotted with people. Men sit on one side of the bridge. An assortment of glossy watches, sunglasses and an endless row of golden chains is spread out in front of them. They gesture passer bys to glance at what they have to offer. And when faced with refusal, they slump back again...
Manipur: Fish farmers' training programme
A 5-day long Fish Farmers' Training Programme organized by District Fishery Office, Imphal East under Rashtriya Kendra Vikash Yojna scheme commenced from today at the training hall of State Institute of Rural Development today. Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, K Saratkumar, Director of Fisheries, Government of Manipur, stated that the yearly requirement of fish in the State is roughly around 40,000 metric tonnes...
Assam: Minister tells fishermen to boost production
Minister of state for co-operation and border areas development Siddique Ahmed on Thursday appealed to fishermen of the state to join training for more fish production. "If any fisherman takes the initiative in learning the technique of fish production from Kerala or Andhra Pradesh, then the government will fund him," said Ahmed...
Odisha: Government scheme fails to cheer fishermen
Over 6,000 fishermen families in the district will now get 25 kg rice every month at Rs 1 per kg under Rice for Olive Ridley Conservation (ROrC) scheme. The families are affected by seven-month ban on marine fishing as an Olive Ridley protection measure every year, said Ranjit Keshari Das, Additional Director of Fishery (Marine), Kujang, on Monday...
Andhra Pradesh: Don’t allow fish tanks in Kolleru area, officials told
Revenue officials of Krishna district have been asked to make sure that no aquaculture tanks were dug up in Kolleru lake area. District Collector Buddha Prakash M. Jyothi presided over the District Level Committee (DLC) for regularising the existing fresh water aquaculture ponds and for registering new ponds under the guidelines of G.O. Ms. No 7 at his camp office here on Thursday...
Tamil Nadu: Fishermen leaders get invite for talks with Sri Lankan counterparts
In a promising development, the fishermen leaders here received an invite to visit Sri Lanka and hold talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts. The fishers, however, urged the state government to facilitate this meeting so that the resolutions passed by the fishermen groups are implemented...
Tamil Nadu: Families of 18 fishermen jailed in Iran seek Jayalalithaa's help
Stepping up their efforts, family members of 18 fishermen from Tamil Nadu languishing in an Iranian jail have petitioned Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to exert pressure on the Centre for their release. The family members of the fishermen, hailing from Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram, called on Fisheries Minister K A Jayapaul here seeking the state government's assistance in securing the release of the arrested fishermen...
Tamil Nadu: Criticality may mean death for Kudankulam's seas
The first two units of the Kudankulam nuclear plant will discharge 6.3 billion litres of waste water every day right onto the beach. This discharge will trigger a slow-motion disaster that will poison beaches, devastate near-shore fisheries and choke the livelihood of fisherfolk in the vicinity, says Nityanand Jayaraman...
Kerala: Loan for fishermen's project
In a post Cabinet briefing, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Cabinet had entrusted the Kerala State Coastal Development Corporation to avail of loan worth Rs 150 crore from the Hudco for implementing the housing project for fishermen...
Karnataka: Tenka Yermal Residents panic as waters get closer
People in Tenka Yermal village, about 22km from Udupi, live in constant fear of the roaring sea waves, which are just a few metres from hitting their homes. Sea erosion has damaged nearly 200 metres of the Padukere-Hejmady Road, which runs along the coastline here. Nearly half the width of the road, which belongs to the Department of Fisheries, has been consumed by the sea...
Maharashtra: Delay in sending bodies spotlights snag in India-Pakistan ties
21 days after fisherman Dadubhai Makwana died in Karachi, his body reached Mumbai on Thursday, on the way to Gujarat Twenty-one days after he died in Karachi, the Pakistani government sent the body of fisherman Dadubhai Makwana to Mumbai on Thursday evening...
Gujarat: Indian forces arrest fisherman, seize three boats near Sir Creek
“Leaving behind our boats and catch, we dived into the water and swam as quickly as we could to the boat at a distance. That’s how eight of us escaped,” disclosed 35-year-old Dhani Bux a day after a fisherman of their group was arrested with their three fishing boats seized by the Indian naval task force on the pretext of crossing the controversial Sir Creek near Zero Point in Badin...
Gujarat: Bharuch villagers oppose Bhadbhut barrage project
Local residents of Bhadbhut and other villages of Bharuch district have strongly opposed the construction of a weir-cum-causeway on Narmada river under the ambitious Kalpsar project. They registered their protest during environment public hearing of the project held at Bhadbhut on Friday...
India: Indian Ocean tsunami: the parents rebuilding their families
For many who lost children in the Indian Ocean tsunami, there was an added heartache: prior sterilisation made creating new families impossible. Or was it? Arsalen stands on the porch of her home, shaded from the sun. Her husband, Malayiarsan, appears, followed by Sheyam, eight, Priya, five, and Vishal, three...
India: CMFRI gets research vessel for carrying out fisheries-related research in territorial waters
Fisheries research institutes in the country are facing various challenges, said Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) deputy director general (Fisheries) B Meenakumari. She was addressing the gathering at a function organised at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in connection with handing over the new research vessel for CMFRI on Wednesday...
India: Boost for Indian shrimp export from Southeast Asian malady
The Indian shrimp export sector is likely to gain this year due to widespread damage to shrimp farms in Southeast Asia, due to a disease called Early Mortality Syndrome. Processing units in these countries will have to import to meet commitments with European and US importers...
Nepal: Lending to deprived, productive sectors given top priority
With the aim of ensuring adequate credit flow to productive sectors, increasing access to banking services and encouraging lending to deprived sectors, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on Sunday unveiled monetary policy for the fiscal year 2013/14. The 30-page policy document is aimed at containing inflation at 8 percent and achieving economic growth of Rs 5.5 percent in line with the target set by the budget...
Sri Lanka: Mullaiththeevu protests against poaching by Sinhala fishermen
Tamil fishermen in Mullaiththeevu have vowed to step up protest campaign till Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister, his representative or the SL Government Agent of the district meet them and assure that no southern fishermen would be allowed into Mullaiththeevu for fishing...
Pakistan: Pakistan’s coast - where the sea is an enemy not a friend
On a theoretical level, climate change and sea intrusion are not things Din Muhammad Chandio, a fisherman and farmer, understands much about. But practically-speaking Chandio has seen them push him deeper into poverty in the town of Keti Bunder in Thatta District on the coast of Pakistan’s Sindh Province...
Bangladesh (Films): In low-lying Bangladesh, The sea takes a human toll: After cyclone and Wahidul’s story: A village endures
Danish photographer and filmmaker Jonathan Bjerg Møller recently spent nine months in Bangladesh, chronicling the lives of people struggling to survive just a few feet above sea level. He traveled to the South Asian nation after hearing projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about the millions of climate refugees that would be created this century by rising seas and more powerful storms...
Myanmar: Despite GSP, Myanmar faces hurdles exporting to Europe
Myanmar exports still need to meet quality standards despite the trade privileges bestowed under the EU’s General System of Preferences (GSP), Myanmar businessman have told Mizzima. Myanmar Fisheries Federation Vice-Chairman Hnin Oo said that being awarded preferential trading rights did not settle all issues...
Maldives: Breathing Atolls: A sand animation based upon a traditional Maldivian fisherman’s life, called A Maldivian Tale
Handfuls of sand are sprinkled are carefully onto glass, and a single finger pokes the grains to magically morph them into a moving painting as an animation unfolds telling important narratives about the survival of a nation, against the soundtrack of haunting music...
ICSF: Small-scale fisheries guidelines
The 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, held in February 2011, approved the development of a new international instrument, in the form of guidelines, on small-scale fisheries that would draw on relevant existing instruments, complementing the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). The development and adoption of the small-scale fisheries (SSF) Guidelines could play a role in addressing these issues, using a human rights-based approach. This sub-site (igssf.icsf.net) provides various information resources linked to the small-scale fisheries (SSF) Guideline process, including about CSO engagement with this process....
ICSF website: ICSF Guidebook: Understanding the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 is now available in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Odia at:
15 July to 19 July 2013.
Assam: Fishfed keen to set up more permanent outlets
Fishfed managing director DK Sharma told The Assam Tribune that among other locations, the State Government-owned firm is willing to go for such outlets in Chandmari and Noonmati areas. “Our mobile fish selling booth has received good response in Noonmati and Chandmari localities...
Goa: Gabion seawall fails to protect Keri beach from erosion
The gabion flexible sea wall at Keri to protect the beach from erosion has been completely damaged this monsoon because of strong waves. Almost every part of the Rs4.23 crore protection wall built around five years ago has breaches...
Goa: Alina opposes MPT's plans
Minister for environment and forests, Alina Saldanha, has stated that the floating hotels and marinas proposed by the Mormugao port trust (MPT) are likely to adversely impact the environment and the livelihoods of traditional fishermen...
Karnataka: Windfall for fisheries: hiked kerosene oil allocation for traditional boats from 150 litres to 400 litres per month and the quantity of tax-free diesel has been increased to 1.5 lakh kilolitres from 1.3 lakh kilolitres
Rs. 229 crore allocated for fishermen welfare and subsidies. Though the outlay for fisheries has reduced marginally between budgets – from Rs. 231 crore in Jagadish Shettar’s February budget to Rs. 229 crore in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s Budget – welfare of fishermen and subsidies for boats have received a major boost this time...
Kerala: Manhandling fishermen: Case against CISF officials
The Mulavukad police registered a case against CISF officials who allegedly assaulted traditional fish workers near Raman Thuruth on Tuesday. K Vijayan, Sub-Inspector of police said that the case has been handed over to Harbour police on Wednesday, since the alleged assault happened within the limits of the Harbour police station..
Tamil Nadu: Solar-powered light to help fishermen avert accidents
Kalam’s initiative to be launched in the island town on July 19. Fishing boats in Rameswaram will soon have high-beam solar powered lights which will help in averting mid-sea collisions. The initiative is part of the ‘Rameswaram Solar Power Mission’, an initiative of former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to be launched in the island town on July 19...
Tamil Nadu: Kudankulam fishing industry fear business will suffer due to nuke plant
Kudankulam: The fishing industry in the Kudankulam area of Tamil Nadu fears that the nuclear power plant would affect their business, both in the short and long term...
Pondicherry: Puducherry govt. order angers fishermen
“State government cannot levy fine on fishermen crossing International Maritime Boundary Line ” The Puducherry government has passed an order stating that any fisherman found crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line with Sri Lanka will be fined up to Rs. 10,000 and forfeit the licence and registration of his vessel...
Andhra Pradesh: Fisherfolk protest shifting of Cyclone Warning Centre
Members of the fishing community and representatives of the ruling Congress protested against the proposed merger of the Vizag-based Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) with the Meteorological Centre in Hyderabad. Sources in the Met department said that the proposal was first made three years ago to predict the weather with greater accuracy...
Odisha: Heavy to very heavy rain forecast in Odisha
Heavy to very heavy rains together with gusty surface winds were likely to lash some places of Odisha under the impact of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal region. The low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Gangetic West Bengal and north Odisha remained practically stationary over the same area during the day, the MET office said today...
West Bengal: Oh fish! killer threatens Bengal's favourite dish
West Bengal's eternal favourite, hilsa, and prawn may be at risk. An "invisible" and primitive fish-killer that has played havoc with the fishing industry across the globe, inflicting losses worth billions of dollars in several countries, is now knocking on the doors of the state...
India: Too many fishermen?
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks into the stagnation of Gujarat's fisheries. There are several terms defining ‘overfishing’, but for practical purposes (my apologies to nit-pickers) we can talk of ‘biological overfishing’ and ‘economic/financial overfishing’...
India: Five year aquatic animal disease monitoring project approved
The Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India has approved a five year monitoring project on aquatic animal disease, for which INR 320 million (USD 5.4 million) has been allocated through the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB)...
Sri Lanka: Fishing industry is to be modernized with new techniques including satellite technology. Satellite technology
Minister Rajitha Senarathne says measures will be taken to modernize the fishing industry. Accordingly, satellite technology will be utilized to upgrade the professionalism in the fisheries sector. New livelihood development programmes will be implemented in each fishing family centering the housewives under the Divineguma economic development programme...
Pakistan: The lost Fishermen of India and Pakistan
Nawaz Ali Muhammad, a fisherman from the small village of Shah Bunder in southern Pakistan, went missing during a cyclone over the Arabian Sea in 1999. His wife believed he was killed in the storm. But six years later, she heard he was alive, in an Indian prison...
Pakistan: Licences to foreign trawlers opposed
The government had allotted licences to the foreign trawling companies for deep-sea fish and shrimp hunting but the move created discontent among the local fishermen for losing much of their livelihood, sources said on Tuesday...
Bangladesh: Gunbattle in Sundarbans, 4 fishermen rescued
Bangladesh Coast Guard rescued four abducted fishermen after a gun battle with ‘forest bandits’ in the Sundarbans. It was said that the group was ‘Sheersha Bahini’ of notorious Rezaul. Eleven firearms, bullets, four long daggers and three mobile phones were seized from Rezaul’s hideout...
Myanmar: Nasaka detains 21 Bangladeshi fishermen
Myanmar’s border security force Nasaka abducted 21 Bangladeshi fishermen along with their six boats from the Naf river at Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar Friday night, confirmed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). Ramzan Ali, owner of one of the seized boats, said 20 fishermen on five boats had been fishing in the river since that afternoon...
Maldives: Centuries old fishing method remains sustainable
A sea full of opportunity awaits fishermen off the shores of the Maldives. These days the Indian Ocean is providing not only fish, but working opportunities for those who call the picturesque islands "home."...
International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) Trust
08 July to 12 July 2013
Manipur: Gogoi warns of crackdown on corrupt fish syndicates
Even though chief minister Tarun Gogoi said there hasn't been any sharp increase in fish prices in the market, he sent out a strong message to business syndicates warning of a crackdown by the government in case they were found to be involved in unscrupulous practices...
Madhya Pradesh: Development through welfare in Madhya Pradesh: Chief Minister
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that fish farming has been promoted in the state. MachhuaKalyan Board has been constituted to chalk out welfare schemes for fishermen. All have right over resources. Public welfare schemes are being chalked out in the state keeping this in view...
Assam: Govt unable to check fish prices
Guwahati: Unscrupulous traders are cashing in on the state's love for fish and fleecing customers by charging randomly high prices. The state government, meanwhile, is clueless about the rates these traders buy the fish at, and, so, is finding it difficult to curb the spiralling prices...
Punjab: Rs 11 cr for fish farming in Punjab
Punjab government on Monday said it has earmarked funds to the tune of Rs 11.16 crore for 2013-14 to promote fish farming in the state. Disclosing this here today, Punjab Fisheries minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said an outlay of Rs 11.16 crore has been earmarked in the annual plan 2013-14 against Rs 10.55 crore during 2012-13...
Bihar: Rapid decline in commercially important fishes in Ganga
It is ironical that Patnaites consume fishes imported from Andhra Pradesh despite the city situated on the bank of the Ganga. With the rapid decline of commercially important fishes in the Ganga, the local fishermen are finding it very difficult to cater to the needs of the city...
Gujarat: Gujarat clears Mithivirdi Nuclear-power project
Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority has quietly given the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to the controversial proposal for a nuclear power plant at Mithivirdi village in Bhavnagar district. The plant is to be built by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)...
Goa: Trawler owners slam Alina for ease up in ban
The government's decision to permit 10hp-motorized canoes to fish during the 61-day fishing ban period continues to draw flak from trawler owners, with the latter hitting out at the state environment minister in the latest missive...
Karnataka: 20 fish markets to be set up in rural coastal Karnataka
Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) is planning to set up 20 fish markets in rural areas of coastal Karnataka. Speaking on the sidelines of a programme to inaugurate a fish market at Kemral village in Mangalore taluk on Monday, V.K. Shetty, Managing Director of KFDC, said that 20 markets are being set up in coastal Karnataka under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana...
Kerala: Cabinet nod for draft fish seed Bill
The State Cabinet has approved the draft fish seed Bill, Minister for Fisheries K. Babu has said. The Bill would clear the way for a legislation to control the production and sale of fingerlings, ensure quality, register hatcheries and fish farms, and certify fish seeds, he said in a press note on Wednesday...
Tamil Nadu: Sri Lanka government invites Tamil Nadu fishermen for talks
The Sri Lankan government reached out to the fishermen community of Tamil Nadu as President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother and Economic Development Minister Basil met their delegation in Delhi with a promise of addressing their concerns...
Tamil Nadu: Fisherman injured by desalination plant work at Sulerikattukuppam
A fisherman, Chittibabu (26) of Sulerikattukuppam near Mamallapuram, sustained serious head injuries on Wednesday after his boat capsized near the seashore. According to sources, around 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday, the victim was on his way back to the shore...
Odisha: Five fishermen survive trawler fire
Five fishermen were rescued after their fishing trawler which docked at Paradip fishing harbour caught fire and sunk off Bay of Bengal on Monday evening. Sources said while the trawler, Maa Lankeswari, started to go for fishing, fire sparked from its battery and sparks of fire fell on stored oil...
West Bengal: A fish scarcity is forcing India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar to pick bones with each other
India—For much of the world’s 230-million Bengali population, there is fish, and then there is hilsa—a silvery tropical variety that has celebrity status on local plates. The bony delight (known scientifically as Tenualosa ilisha and in Bengali as eleesh) is so popular that in Bangladesh, where it is the “national fish,” hilsa accounts for about 11% of the country’s total fish production, worth about $380 million (in 2006-07)—or 1% of the nation’s total GDP...
India: 1st IOR-ARC Economic and Business Conference held in Mauritius
The Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation held its first Economic and Business Conference in Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius, on July 4 and 5. The IOR-ARC, which is the only pan-Indian ocean grouping, has 20 members, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen...
India: Concern over 'high seas security loophole'
All vessels using international waters should be identifiable and be part of a global tracking system to close a "security loophole" on the high seas. The call was made by the Global Ocean Commission, an "independent high-level initiative on the future of the ocean"...
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka fisheries, port industries eyed by Russia: biz association
Russian investors are looking at Sri Lanka's fisheries, agriculture and port industries in Trincomalee, a country's senior envoy had said in Colombo, a business association said. The Sri Lanka - Russia business council of the Ceylon Chamber quoted counselor of Russian Federation, Evgeni Sergienko, as saying at their annual general meeting that, an draft intergovernmental agreement on fisheries cooperation in the final stage...
Bangladesh: India, Bangladesh seek to save the delectable hilsa
As over-fishing in the Bay of Bengal takes a toll on the population of hilsa - the silvery tropical fish savoured in India and Bangladesh as the quintessential Bengali delicacy - experts from both the countries are seeking joint initiatives to manage and preserve habitats of the prized fish and weed out perilous practices threatening its breeding...
Myanmar: Myanmar fishermen return from India after serving prison
Over a hundred Myanmar fishermen have returned home yesterday after serving prison terms in India for illegal fishing and entering foreign waters, according to local sources. Most of the seamen are from Ayeyarwady Region, one from Yangon Region, five from Rakhine State, nine from Tanintharyi Region and one from Mon State...
Pakistan: No profit in the catch
“As a young man, I wanted to work in the film industry,” says 53-year-old Abbas Mal, a respected leader of his fishing community in Karachi’s Ibrahim Hyderi area. The chances of success in show business were small and the need to earn a more stable income prompted Mal to follow the career path of his forefathers: Fishing...
Pakistan: Fishermen arrested by India: families urge government to make efforts for their release
Families of the fishermen, who were arrested recently by Indian forces, want the government to make efforts for their release. According to local fishermen, the Indian forcers captured 11 seafarers who were fishing in Sir Creek area in last week of June...
3-7 July 2013
Gujarat: Stranded Indian fishermen on way home from Muscat
Muscat: Six Indian expatriate fishermen, who were stranded here following a pay dispute with their sponsor, were due to leave Muscat tonight after their sponsor agreed to let them go. The six had run away from Masirah Island, about 445km east of Muscat, and sought help from the Indian Embassy to return home...
Maharashtra: Locals ask bankers not to finance Jaitapur
Alleging the Nuclear Power Corporation of India is distorting facts and concealing information about the proposed Jaitapur project, local fishermen and farmers have written to French and European bankers, asking them not to finance it...
Goa: Panaji municipal market set for 'filthy' season
Panaji: Fish and meat vendors in the Panaji municipal market are dreading the monsoon expected to hit the state this week. Even as business dwindles during the rains and the two-month long fishing ban, they worry that customers will be driven away by the filthy existing conditions-overflowing septic tanks, accumulated garbage and vermin infestations-that only get worse in the rains...
Kerala: Fishing boats deny landing rights
Protests by fisherfolk inside the waterdrome forced authorities to send back the inaugural seaplane flight without landing on Punnamada Lake on Sunday. The seaplane launched from Ashtamudi Lake on Sunday afternoon did not fly to Alappuzha because of the protest by members of the fisheries coordination committee who had occupied the waterdrome near the SAI Sports Centre on the lake...
Tamil Nadu: TN fishermen arrested by Navy
The Navy says it arrested 49 Indian fishermen when they entered Sri Lankan waters illegally on Wednesday. Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that 24 fishermen were arrested off Mannar while 25 others were arrested off Jaffna. At least 10 boats had also been seized, the navy spokesman told the Colombo Gazette...
Andhra Pradseh: Registration delay keeps trawlers off fishing in AP
The State fisheries department’s delay in issuing biometric cards and online registrations has resulted in some trawlers idling at the harbour. Fishing resumed on Saturday, after the completion of the 45-day mandatory conservation period. According to industry sources, the procedural delay by the State Fisheries Department is hampering fishing...
Andhra Pradesh: Pacific variety helps double shrimp exports
Vannamei has had a big impact on seafood business, for farmers and exporters. Exports of Vannamei variety of shrimps, farmed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, in value terms were $730 million during 2012-13 against $385 million in the previous year. India exported a record 91,000 tonnes of Vannamei shrimps (40,787 tonnes during 2011-12), helping total seafood exports increase 5 per cent in quantity and 12 per cent in earnings...
Odisha: Fishing harbour wallows in neglect
Paradip fishing harbour, Odisha’s largest fishing harbour that caters to thousands of traditional marine fishermen, is today lying in a state of neglect. Everyday, about 700 deep-sea trawlers besides over 2000 medium capacity fishing vessels begin their seaward venture from this busy harbour...
West Bengal: State wetlands policy no closer to reality
Kolkata: While the state government has organised various programmes today to celebrate World Environment Day, it has completely forgotten that West Bengal wetlands and waterbodies conservation policy is gathering dust. Without any concrete policy, there is rampant filling up of water bodies in Kolkata and its suburbs...
India: US raises import duties on warm-water shrimp
Global - The US Department of Commerce (DoC) has imposed anti-dumping import duties on frozen warm-water shrimp from India, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Viet Nam, Ecuador and Indonesia, due to fears that subsidised low price imports are harming the local industry...
India: Trawling ban: Government nixes panel report
The State Government will not implement the recommendation of the expert committee to extend the period of the trawling ban from 47 days to 75 days, this year. Fisheries Minister K Babu said that the conventional trawl ban would be carried out this year which would begin from June 14 midnight...
Myanmar: Can Myanmar fisheries compete with Thailand and Vietnam?
Fishery factories in Myanmar will have to compete with experienced competitors in Thailand and Vietnam if they aim to conduct successful CMP (cutting, manufacturing, packaging) operations, say industry experts. Domestic fisheries firms will also be obliged to improve the state of their factories and machinery, and their technological and transportation systems if they are to be competitive, they said...
Bangladesh: Addressing the challenges of natural calamities
After cyclone Mahasen hit the coastline of Bangladesh, there was a trail of devastations to human lives, their homesteads and standing crops. Though human casualties were not very high, yet losses to house-holds and crops were colossal. Crops worth billions of taka were destroyed due to impact of the cyclone...
Pakistan: 61-day fishing ban, hard times for fishermen
Karachi: Scrap dealers and shopkeepers selling used electronic appliances are arriving at city’s historical fishermen settlement Ibrahim Hyderi to buy used item on low rate as the official ban on fishing started from June 1. During the 61-day long official ban on catch of shrimp and some fish species, the poorest fishermen of the colony will start selling their precious electronic items to these shopkeepers to make both ends meet...
Tamil Nadu: A 1000 km protection wall along the entire Tamil Nadu coast
Translated by ICSF a news article from Dinakaran dated 29 May 2013.
Chennai. May 29: The Tamil Nadu goverment has ordered the construction of a wall to protect the coast from erosion, starting from Chennai and ending in Kanyakumari – a distance of 1000 km. The government has ordered a wall to be built, that can withstand the eroding power of the waves. The wall will be constructed in 3 layers – core, armory and side slope. The wall will be 2 m high; the height will vary according to the area. Tamil Nadu has 13 coastal districts with a coastline of 1076 km. The entire length of the coastline will be protected by the wall. In areas lacking the sand for construction, rocks shall be used. The first phase of the project will begin in Chennai’s Ennore and Nettukuppam since they have areas where houses have been affected by coastal erosion. Orders have been issued to the concerned departments.
The first section will cost Rs 7.15 crores, the 2nd Rs 4.74 crores, the third Rs 8.62 crores and the fourth Rs 4.8 crores. Areas with harbours are already protected and therefore walls will not be built there. Similarly, the Marina and Besant Nagar beaches, Protected areas like Mahabalipuram beach, areas which are under archaeological control, areas with a calm sea will not have protection walls. The wall will be built in areas with habitation, shops, and where many fishing boats are parked. The project is being rapidly implemented by the public works department and the water resources department.
27- 31 May 2013
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Twelve sites added to UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserve Network
The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which met in Paris from 27 to 30 May, has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The additions bring the total number of biosphere reserves to 621 in 117 countries...
Diu and Daman: 45 Indian fishermen hailing from Diu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat were released by Pakistan
Vadodara: 45 Indian fishers who were released by Pakistan will reach Veraval on Tuesday. They hail from Maharashtra, the union territory of Diu and various parts of Gujarat. Gujarat fisheries department official V J Moile, who is accompanying the released persons in the Vadodara-bound Golden Express train from Amritsar, said today, "We will reach Vadodara around midnight tonight and after a night halt at Vadodara, we will leave for Veraval tomorrow morning...
Assam: Ensure protection of Deepor beel, CM urged
Aaranyak, a conservation group, has urged Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to initiate urgent steps to ensure protection and conservation of Deepor Beel. Aaranyak which was observing the International Day for Biological Diversity with the current year theme of Water and Biodiversity, expressed serious concern at the deteriorating state of wetlands in Guwahati in particular and in Assam in general...
Gujarat: Gujarat fishermen write to PM, express fear for fellows in Pakistani jails
The Porbandar Macchimar Boat Association has written to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh highlighting the plight of Indian fishermen languishing in jails in Pakistan. In a letter, Jivanbhai Jungi, former president of the association, has expressed fear that many Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails may meet the fate of Sarabjit Singh as they are being subjected to inhuman treatment...
Gujarat: 33,000 fishing boats will have alert button
All the 33,000 sea-going mechanised boats in the state will be equipped with satellite-based distress alert transmitters (DAT) in a phased manner. The initiative has been taken by the Gujarat Fisheries Central Cooperative Association(GFCCA), an apex cooperative body of the state fisheries department, to prevent capture of Indian fishing boats by Pakistani coastal guards as also tackling other emergencies like fire on board, medical assistance, sinking or any other emergency...
Goa: Govt notifies scheme for financial relief to fishermen
Panaji: Bringing some relief to the fishing community of Goa, the state government has notified the natural calamity relief to fishermen scheme. The scheme aims to give financial relief to fishermen on account of loss of life, total or partial disability and loss or damage of fishing vessels and equipments due to natural calamity including floods, cyclone, tsunami, accidental fire, etc...
Karnataka: Karnataka to get first marine national park
Karwar: If everything goes according to plan, Karnataka could soon have its first Marine National Park on Netrani Island off the coast of Uttara Kannada. Netrani or Pigeon Island as it is called is located in the Arabian Sea, off the Murudeshwar coast of Uttara Kannada district...
Karnataka: New norms to spur green development in coastal regions
Preparation of guidelines for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), which will direct coastal States on the kind of industries or naval infrastructure that can be sustained on the shoreline, is underway and will be submitted to the Environment Department by the end of June, said R. Ramesh, Director of National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, which is coordinating the efforts...
Kerala: Fishermen take out Secretariat March
Theeradesa Nethruvedi organised a Secretariat march here on Saturday seeking immediate implementation of the Rs 52-crore fishermen livelihood project submitted to the State Coastal Development Corporation as well as a solution to issue of supplying kerosene for operating fishermen’s boats. A large number of fishermen including women and children participated in the march and dharna staged in front of the Secretariat...
Tamil Nadu: Self-imposed ban bars fishermen from entering Sri Lanka
Sanctity of maritime boundaries, depleting resources nudge them into action. When the sturdy hulls of fishing boats re-enter the waters in the small hours of Thursday, after the 45-day long hiatus, the boats would have been launched into a sea of altered realities – the reality of the sanctity of maritime boundaries and the visibly depleting marine resources...
Andhra Pradesh: Directive on foreign fishermen
The State government has issued an order for formation of a district-level committee and a joint interrogation committee to look into the issues pertaining to foreign fishermen. As per the orders, a district-level committee headed by the Collector and a joint investigation committee consists of representatives of Customs, Coast Guard, Immigration, Police (special branch), IB, and the Fisheries Department to look into the illegal entry of foreign fishermen into Indian waters...
India: One-day symposium on ‘Save Food Initiative’
In commemoration of World Environment Day, Thiruvanmiyur-based Forum for Community Building and Leadership is organising a symposium on ‘Save Food Initiative’ on June 5. This initiaitve is supported by the Department of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University; Department of Coastal Resource Management, Madras Christian College; and Prakruthi Outwardbound Experiential Learning Centre, Besant Nagar...
India: US sets preliminary duties on shrimp from Asia, Ecuador
May 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday set preliminary duties of up to nearly 63 percent on shrimp from Malaysia to offset government subsidies, but much lower duties on shrimp from China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Ecuador. The duties, which could be revised in August when the department completes an investigation, were welcomed by shrimp fisherman and processors in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina who filed a petition last year seeking U.S. protection against foreign subsidized competition...
Sri Lanka: Kalpitiya fishermen’s livelihood disrupted
The fishing community residing on the Kalpitiya islands is distraught at the prospect of leaving their homes and having their source of livelihood disrupted by the Kalpitiya Tourism Development project, according to a recent report. The fact-finding report, compiled by the Convenor of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) Herman Kumara, focuses on the impact of tourism projects on several small islands in the Kalpitiya region, with research conducted from December 2012 to March 2013...
Pakistan: KFHA stops issuing port clearance papers
Karachi Fish Harbour Authority (KFHA) on Tuesday stopped issuing port clearance documents to fishing vessels, asking coastal and maritime departments to stop all boats from going out to the sea. "The KFHA has requested the Marine Fisheries Department and Maritime Security Agency and customs (officials) to stop boats," officials said on Tuesday...
Myanmar: Thailand ignoring slaves at sea, says EJF report on Burmese migrants
Burmese men kept as forced labourers on shrimping boats in Kantang, Thailand, says Environmental Justice Foundation. Thailand is facing fresh allegations of using slave labour in its fishing industry with the launch of a new investigation into the sale, abuse and exploitation of migrant workers on Thai fishing ships...
20-24 May 2013
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Poison in paradise
How burning garbage and indiscriminate quarrying on the coast could spell the death of the Andaman Islands. On any evening in Port Blair, you’ll look westwards and see the picture-postcard sunset, clear and unmediated by pollution—except for a tiny patch with what looks like a volcano sputtering and smoking...
Manipur: Fishermen refute charges
Imphal, May 18 2013 : Refuting the charge that fishermen of Loktak Lake had used chemical to clear phumdis (floating biomass) on the lake, the All Loktak Lake Area Fishermen's Union, Manipur has urged the Govt of India to institute prompt, independent, impartial and accountable expert panel to ascertain the true facts and figures and recommend necessary steps to protect and preserve the Loktak lake...
Mizoram: Mizoram asked to boost industry through local resources
The Planning Commission has asked the Mizoram government to create an investor-friendly environment to promote handloom, handicrafts, food and bamboo based industries in the northeastern State using locally available resources, an official said here on Saturday...
Uttar Pradesh: Shrinking Ganga Continues To Battle Pollution
Varanasi: Even as the world gets set to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on May 22, the Ganga continues to be threatened by pollution. The United Nations had declared May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues...
Andhra Pradesh: Fishery workers stage protest
Fishery workers, owing allegiance to the Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour Workers Union, staged a protest at the Collectorate on Monday demanding monetary assistance to fish net repairers for the livelihood lost during the 47-day ban on fishing...
Andhra Pradesh: NFDB to set up model fish markets
Initially, they will come up in select cities under PPP mode. Development of fishing harbours in the State and building of fishery infrastructure including fish landing centres, drying yards and imparting of training in technology up-gradation for boosting fish production are some of the priorities of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), its Chief Executive Officer M.V. Rao who is also the Director-General of National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) said...
Tamil Nadu: Coast Guard to receive 26 Karaikal fishermen released by Sri Lanka
It will also hand over nine Sri Lankan fishermen along with their two boats. The Coast Guard will receive the 26 Karaikal fishermen, who were ordered released by the Magistrate court in Sri Lanka, at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) on Thursday morning after handing over nine Sri Lankan fishermen with their two boats to the Sri Lankan Navy...
Kerala: Kerala to introduce 'fish seed law'
Kannur: Kerala government will soon formulate a fish seed law to improve the fishing sector in the state and ensure quality in the fish seed sector, said fisheries minister K Babu. "Though karimeen is said to be the brand identity of Kerala, the truth is that the production here is not sufficient enough to meet the demand because the supply of fish seeds is limited," said the minister inaugurating the harvesting of the shrimp cultivation at the 'kaipad' lands in Puzhathi panchayath here on Tuesday, under the paddy-shrimp cultivation project of the Agency for Development of Aquaculture, Kerala ( ADAK)...
Kerala: For the catch, they stay anchored in tradition
Francis and Balakrishnan are among the last members of a fast disappearing tribe of fisherfolk who scoffs at the prospects of pursing their profession in mechanised boats or craft. They venture into the sea at the break of dawn, rowing small country boats with their bare hands...
Karnataka: Ban on fishing cut to 61 days
The State government has reduced the duration of the ban on fishing by mechanised trawlers and canoes fitted with outboard motors during monsoon to 61 days following pleas from associations of fishing trawlers and mechanised boats...
Goa: Cabinet finalizes 61-day fishing ban from June 1 to July 31
Panaji: The cabinet on Wednesday decided to curtail the fishing ban period in Goa from the proposed 75 days to 61 days. The ban will now be operational from June 1 to July 31, both days inclusive. Briefing the media after the cabinet meeting, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that the fishing ban is applicable to all motorized fishing vessels...
Maharashtra: Mumbai marine life on deathbed, thanks to govt apathy
Delay in setting up sewage treatment plants doing the damage, says NEERI. Your city’s suffering on the coastal front. The quality of the sea water is worsening as also marine life. And the cause of all this damage is a delay in setting up two new sewage treatment plants although a World Bank-funded project had been approved years ago...
Gujarat: Pakistan to repatriate Indian fishermen
Amritsar: Pakistan government will release 49 Indian fishermen on Friday from the Malir prison, Karachi and will hand over them to Indian authorities at the Attari border on Saturday...
India: BJP opposes extended ban
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president V. Muraleedharan has urged the State government not to implement the recommendation of an expert committee to extend ban on trawling to 75 days since that will affect traditional fishermen...
India: India for redraw of piracy risk map
With pirate raids in eastern Arabian Sea virtually stopped for the past two years, India has taken up a new battle against global insurance firms to get the piracy risk map redrawn to prevent major shipping traffic from getting uncomfortably closer to its exclusive economic zone that adversely affect Indian fishermen...
India: Here they love fish, more as a subject
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) headquartered in Kochi is seeking its place in the sun betting on its efforts to develop a chlorophyll-based, remote-sensing-assisted fisheries forecasting system, currently the holy grail of marine fisheries research...
Sri Lanka: Deterrent action against fishing in Sri Lankan waters
Deterrent action against fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Commenting on poaching issue of Indian fisherman the Times of India revealed that the Indian government is planning a "deterrent" action against the Indian fishermen violating international waters with Sri Lanka, finding that trawlers and ships from their side are the biggest source of confrontation...
Pakistan: Two-month fishing ban announced
Karachi, May 21: Though several stakeholders welcome the two-month seasonal ban on fishing, the fishermen themselves are not happy about it and want the ministry of fisheries to withhold the ban this year...
Myanmar: Working groups to be formed for fishery and livestock sector
The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries is planning to form working groups for development of private’s livestock breeding and fishery sector, Win Kyaing, General Secretary of Myanmar Fisheries Federation said...
Maldives: MSC milestone
Tuna salad bearing the MSC ecolabel in Migros stores in Switzerland is the 20,000th product in the world to come from a MSC-certified sustainable fishery. "We are delighted to be marking this milestone with a Swiss product from our long-term partner Migros," says Marnie Bammert, MSC Country Manager Germany, Switzerland and Austria...
FAO: Civil society groups welcome international guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries
Civil society groups representing small-scale food producers, including fishworkers and indigenous people from over 50 countries in both the North and the South, have welcomed the process initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop new International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries...
FAO: Technical consultations held on international guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries
35 civil society delegates representing small-scale fisheries from 19 countries across South and North America, Africa, Asia and Europe met in Rome over Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19th May to prepare for Technical Consultations on a new international instrument...
ICSF Films are available on youtube
Shifting Undercurrents: Women seaweed collectors of Gulf of Mannar, India Directed by Rita Banerji, 2012, 20 min.
The Right to Survive: Turtle conservation and fisheries livelihoods (Orissa, India), Directed by Rita Banerjee and Shilpi Sharma, 2006, 37 min.
Under the Sun: the transient fisherfolk of Jambudwip (West Bengal, India), Directed by Rita Banerjee, 2003, 36 min.
A Step Forward, Directed by Rajani Mani and Nina Subramani,18 min.
Smoke in the water: problems and prospects in developing of artisanal fish Trade in West Africa, 15 min.
Shifting Undercurrents: Women seaweed collectors of Gulf of Mannar, India (Tamil), Directed by Rita Banerji, 2012, 20 min.
Le Droit De Survivre :entre protection des tortues et protection des moyens d’ existence des pecheurs, 38 min. Realise par : Rita Banerji et Shilpi Sharma(French)
13-17 May 2013
Andaman and Nicobar Is.: Ministry agrees to construct fish landing jetties, MP’s efforts yield results
Port Blair, May 13: Responding to the demand raised by the Member of Parliament under Rule 377 in the Lok Sabha on 5th March 2013 regarding implementation of the decision taken in the 10th Island Development Authority (IDA) meeting regarding construction of Fish Landing Jetties (FLJS) in A&N Islands by the ALHW related to the Ministry, the Minister of Shipping, GoI has informed the MP on 29th April 2013 that out of total of 19 Fish Landing Centres proposed for construction by the Administration, 4 FLJs at Junglighat, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur have been completed and one FLJ at Yeratta is nearing completion...
Madhya Pradesh: Fisheries Department finds no takers for fish seeds in Mandya district
Almost all the water tanks in the district have dried up due to lack of rain and drought. This has badly affected the Fisheries Department as there are no takers for the fish seeds. The breeding of fish, which generally starts from May every year, is yet to take off due to scarcity of water. As many as 173 tanks come under the department, 6 under the Forest Department and 688 minor tanks are controlled by the gram panchayat(891 in total)...
West Bengal: Build sanctuaries to save hilsa: Bengal scientists
Kolkata: To prevent the rapid decline in numbers of hilsa in Indian waters, West Bengal scientists have proposed creating sanctuaries to thwart indiscriminate fishing and promote breeding of the fish – considered a delicacy in Bengali cuisine. A study by researchers from India and Bangladesh has identified three breeding grounds in the state where sanctuaries can be built to augment free breeding of the prized fish...
Odisha: Fishing profession fast waning in Odisha
Report by Pradeep Baisakh, Bhubaneswar: “Before ten years a single venture into the sea would deliver variety of fishes in large quantities. And there were seasonality in availability of different types of fishes. But now the quantity and variety have gone down drastically.” Says M Kamama, a telugu fisherwomen from Ganjam district of Odisha. Several fish-worker communities along Odisha 480 kilo meter long coast who have been earning their livelihood from inland, blackish water and marine fishing, are fast leaving their profession and migrating out in search of work...
Andhra Pradesh: Administration takes serious view of fishponds in Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary
The West Godavari district administration finds itself in a tight spot over re-emergence of fishponds in the plus five contours of the Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS), negating the very objective of the operation Kolleru programme undertaken by the State government in 2006 in line with a court direction. Collector G. Vanimohan on Tuesday cracked the whip on the field-level official machinery reportedly found guilty of laxity in executing the court orders...
Tamil Nadu: Notable fishermen’s association joins HSI/India in calling for shark ‘fins naturally attached’ policy
New Delhi—In a letter to India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen calls on the government to adopt a ‘fins naturally attached’ policy in support of Humane Society International/India’s campaign to end the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning. Shark finning involves the removal of fins from live sharks and subsequent disposal of the animals back into the ocean...
Kerala: Search is on for a substitute for sea wall
With the South West monsoon just weeks away, hundreds of fishermen and their families are bracing themselves to face the fury of the sea, even as large stretches of the coast remain vulnerable to heavy erosion in the absence of an integrated, scientifically designed protection strategy...
Kerala: Stakeholders flay trawl ban report
Major stakeholders in the fisheries sector have opposed the recommendations for modifying the annual monsoon trawl ban. The ban had been in force for the past 25 years in the State. An expert committee appointed by the State government had suggested extending the trawl ban from 47 to 75 days for the mechanised sector besides introducing a 60-day ban for traditional fishermen...
Karnataka: Fish getting out of common man's reach
Mangalore: Inflation has hit the sea food industry and fish is increasingly getting out of reach of the common man. From January this year, the rates of fish have been on the rise. The reason that is being attributed to it is the rise in prices of fuel, raw materials, crew salary and ice blocks...
Goa: Cops to recover boat off Goa coast
Yellow gate police will conduct a panchnama nearly 14 nautical miles off the Goa Coast and recover the fishing boat Sea Messiah, which sunk after a Coast Guard patrolling boat had collided with it, killing five fishermen on April 25. "We had taken an engineer along to examine ICGS Vaibhav. We found that it had scratch marks made by a wooden boat...
Maharashtra: HC raps BMC for CRZ violations
The Bombay High Court today came down heavily on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly violating several norms pertaining to Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and for dumping garbage on wetlands and mangroves in suburban Kanjur Marg...
India: ILO global forum discusses decent work in the fishing industry
Global - Government, employer and worker delegates meeting at ILO headquarters will consider ways to promote decent work in the fishing industry through the implementation and ratification of the ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188). From 15 to 17 May, delegates will discuss how this Convention can be used as a tool to improve working conditions and to help address major challenges in the industry...
India: 'CMFRI should help States frame maritime policies’
N.G.K. Pillai has had a distinguished career as a marine fisheries researcher, serving CMFRI between 1978 and 2010. He joined the institute as a young researcher and retired as its director in-charge. He says CMFRI has grown into a repository of a large volume of priceless data on marine fisheries. In fact, he says that no Indian Ocean rim country has as much data as compiled and generated by CMFRI...
Bangladesh and Myanmar: Bangladesh, Myanmar relieved as cyclone fizzles
A once-fearsome cyclone that was threatening Bangladesh and Myanmar dissipated quickly, causing some deaths but largely relieving authorities who had told more than 1 million people to leave vulnerable coastal areas in preparation for a far worse storm. Cyclone Mahasan lost power as it shed huge amounts of rain and then veered west of its predicted path, sparing major Bangladeshi population areas, including Chittagong and the seaside resort of Cox's Bazar, said Mohammad Shah Alam, director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department...
Bangladesh: Cyclone Mahasen batters Bangladesh; 1 million flee
Cyclone Mahasen struck the southern coast of Bangladesh on Thursday, lashing remote fishing villages with heavy rain and fierce winds that flattened mud and straw huts and forced the evacuation of more than 1 million people. The main section of the storm reached land Thursday and immediately began weakening, according to Mohammad Shah Alam, director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department...
Myanmar budgets US$700m earning from fishery export
Myanmar has set a targe of US$700 million from fishery export for the fiscal year 2013-14, which is the same amount with previous year although it was not achieved then, according the Department of Fisheries. The country is expected to earn $260 million from the border trade of fishery products and $440 million from that of normal sea trade this year, according to the report from the department...
Sri Lanka; Massive poaching brings “no catch” threat to Sri Lanka’s fishermen
The Sri Lankan waters off the northern coast of the island – between India and this country – may well be the most poached fishing grounds in the world to judge by the numbers of Tamil Nadu and other South Indian fishing craft who enter this area each day. Naval observation at sea and satellite images indicate that anything from 500 to even more than 1,000 fishing craft from South India enter these water each day...
06-10 May 2013
Mizoram: Mizoram state invests in agriculture and fisheries
India - The annual plan for the year 2013-14 for the state of Mizoram has been finalised with attention given to the agriculture and fisheries sectors. The plan size has been agreed at Rs.2500 crore. So far the state has performed well with progress made in agriculture. It was pointed-out that irrigation coverage of net sown areas is found to be very low, which needs to be accelerated...
Manipur: Loktak Issue: Projects versus rights in Manipur
A delegation of All Manipur Thanga people’s Welfare Association and All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union Manipur appeared before the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi on 29 April 2013. They appealed to intervene to defend their rights to fishing and livelihood on Phumdis in the Loktak Lake...
Uttar Pradesh: Sands of time
For lakhs of them, spread across the banks of the Yamuna from Chitrakoot to the Sangam in Allahabad, life depends largely on boating, fishing and sand mining, with little farming during summer. However, as quoted above by the Allahabad High Court in 2008, their traditional living has been compromised by the extorting means of the sand mafia...
West Bengal: BSF repatriates Bangladeshi fisherman
Kolkata: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday said its patrolling party of BOP Shamshernagar on Saturday apprehended one Bangladeshi fisherman when he entered Indian territory while fishing. The apprehended Bangladeshi fisherman was brought to BOP Shamshernagar for preliminary questioning...
Andhra Pradesh: Freshwater aquaculture committee to clear pending applications
The District Level Committee on freshwater aquaculture headed by Collector Buddha Prakash M Jyothi on Tuesday reviewed the process of regularising aqua ponds and receiving of applications from interested farmers to launch fresh water aquaculture. Mr. Buddha Prakash said that revenue officials should clear all the applications in order to speed up the process of sanctioning licence for new ponds...
Tamil Nadu: Island tourism in the offing off Tuticorin
Tired of simply watching the waves Get ready for a trip to an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Mannar,off Tuticorin coast. The Tuticorin port authorities have mooted an idea of island tourism from the southern coast of Tamil Nadu .Tourists would be taken on a trip to an island off Tuticorin coast. This would be an entirely new experience for tourists, said port chairman S Natarajan. The island tourism is part of a 304-crore project to set up an entertainment zone...
Tamil Nadu: Indian fishermen oppose the cruel practice of shark 'finning'
Mumbai: The Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen (DSGAF) has urged the union ministry of environment and forests to take action against the cruel practice of 'shark finning' done by poachers and foreign trawlers. Supporting the policy of 'fins naturally attached' of Humane Society International (HSI), the fishermen will campaign against this cruelty to sharks...
Pucherry: DYFI wants fish market to be opened
The Democratic Youth Federation of India on Sunday organised a protest to demand the opening of a fish market on Gingee Salai. The protesters gathered on Gingee Salai in the morning and started solicited funds from the public. They were only able to collect from three or four people, however, before they were removed from the spot by the police...
Kerala: Kerala to spend Rs.6 crore on education of fisherfolk's children
The Kerala government Tuesday extended a helping hand to the children of the fisherfolk by earmarking Rs.6 crore towards meeting their educational needs. "With this, the total allocation that has been made to the children for their educational needs has gone up to Rs.12 crore," said State Fisheries Minister K. Babu in a statement issued here...
Goa: Government has formed a scheme providing compensation of Rs 10,000 for the trawler owner and Rs 20,000 for the outboat motor canoe operator during the ban period
The Goa government may reconsider its decision of imposing 75-day-long fishing ban in the state from this year onwards, after fishing associations objected to such a long shutout period. A meeting has been called by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar during the third week of May to decide on this issue, State Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado told PTI today...
Gujarat: Humiliation a daily torture for Indian prisoners in Pakistan jails
Ahmedabad: If an Indian wants something as simple as soap for bathing in a Pakistani prison, he has to wash the undergarments of Pakistani inmates. And this is just one of many humiliations meted out to Indians behind bars across the border...
Sri Lanka: National fisheries safety plan launched
Sri Lanka yesterday launched a National Plan for the Safety of fishermen and fishing vessels at sea, under the patronage of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. The Fisheries Department formulated this National Plan with the technical and financial assistance granted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) executed Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP)which is funded by Spain...
Sri Lanka: Wheels move to double fish exports
Sri Lanka is making arrangements to boost deep sea fishing and double fish exports including tuna within the next two and half years with the help of new vessels from Japan and China, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said...
Pakistan: Pakistan fishermen hold poll rally — at sea
Wearing life jackets and bobbing on the gentle waves of the Arabian Sea, supporters of a candidate in Pakistan’s upcoming nationwide election held a waterborne rally to highlight the challenges faced by their embattled fishing community. Backers of independent political candidate Haji Usman Ghani took to the water on Friday on a flotilla of fishing boats...
Bangladesh: UK dives in to save the hilsa
Britain's Darwin Initiative has given the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a UK-based independent policy research institute, a £208,315 (approximately Taka 25.40 million) grant to find ways of protecting hilsa from the threat of overfishing, according to a report of The Times of India that was posted on the website...
Maldives: Maldives included in United Nations’ US$2 million anti-piracy project
United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy has approved a US$2 million package of projects for affected nations, including the Maldives. The aim of the five projects, approved April 30, is to ensure ongoing piracy trials are conducted in a fair and efficient manner and that the human rights, health and safety of individuals suspected of piracy are protected...
Myanmar: 8 Myanmar fishermen killed in fight in Medan
Eight people died in a fight between detainees and illegal immigrants from Myanmar in an immigration detention center in Medan, South Sumatra, early Friday. The fight reportedly broke out after one of the Myanmarese was sexually harassed. The bodies of the victims, Aung Thu Win, Aung Than, Min-Min, Win Tun, Nawe, Aye, Myo and Sam iwin, have been taken to Pirngadi Hospital for autopsies...
29 April - 3 May 2013
Odisha: Industrialisation drive damaged traditional occupation in POSCO area
Report by Pradeep Baisakh, Bhubaneswar: As the district administration completed the third phase of land acquisition in Gobindpur village under Dhinkia Panchayat for the proposed POSCO steel and power plant, the fisher men and women of the area remember how IOCL also damaged their traditional occupation of fishing in their area under Kujang tehsil of Jagatsingpur district...
Andhra Pradesh: Boats anchored, fisherfolk trade in dry fish
Visakhapatnam: With the 45-day ban on sea fishing imposed by the government of India kicking in on April 15, Vizag fisherfolk have devised the perfect alternative to tide over it - trading in dry fish. Nearly 7,000 fisherfolk from 63 coastal villages in the district generate revenues of Rs 1.5 to 2 crore per annum by preparing nearly 8,000 to 10,000 tonnes of dry fish for trading in the ban period...
Tamil Nadu: Three nearly drown as ship hits fishing boat
Incident, second in 2 months, leaves fishermen shell-shocked; equipment lost; complaint registered. Historically, the one phenomenon fishermen have always dreaded has been cyclones. Of late though, natural disasters have been eclipsed by man-made ones...
Tamil Nadu: Village’s sole fisherwoman battles odds, casts around for livelihood
“It is a large lake. Nobody will come to your help if something goes wrong. You have to take care of yourself. This was the lesson my brother taught me 20 years ago when I first learnt to fish,” says S. Mahadevi, the lone fisherwoman of Nathampet in Kancheepuram. Living on the bank of the Nathampet lake, the 35-year-old opted to fish rather than just sell fish on the streets like other women in her village...
Pondicherry: Fishing for space, they finally get it
Fisheries Department gets its own building at the Thengathittu Harbour. Since 1954, the Fisheries Department has not had a building on its own and they have been operating out of a small office in the Botanical Gardens. Now, as of Thursday afternoon, the department has its own building at the Thengathittu Harbour...
Kerala: MHA allows NIA to go soft on Italian marines, tells not to invoke death penalty
The Home Ministry on Sunday allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the killing of two Indian fishermen in which two Italian marines are accused without invoking the law that provides for capital punishment. Amid concerns by Italy on the possibility of death penalty being imposed on the two marines, the Ministry of Home Affairs has amended its order that transferred the case to the NIA allowing its probe under IPC and CrPC sections without restricting itself to the NIA Act...
Kerala: Fishermen bodies plan ‘jalayatra’ ahead of agitation
The Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF) and National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) have decided to launch mass agitations against the anti-fishermen policies of the State Government. As part of the protest, they will organise a ‘proclamation rally’ -jalayatra - from May 2 ahead of the agitations, KSMTF state president P P John and NFF national secretary T Peter said...
Karnataka: Karwar fish market cries for attention
Modernisation of the fish market here has not found favour with the candidates fighting the Assembly elections, if one goes by its condition now. People can walk into this market in the heart of the town only after covering their noses with kerchiefs to ward off the foul smell emanating from the rotting waste...
Karnataka: It’s an uncertain existence for these fishermen in Karwar
For the last month, many of them have not been catching any fish. Sanjeev T. Hergekar, a fisherman from Baitakol in Karwar, always dreamt of sending his three children to English-medium schools. But owing to financial constraints, he has been able to send only one child to school. Unfortunately, his school-going daughter has suffered paralysis...
Goa: Dead fishermen's kin to get Rs 2L as damages
Porvorim: The Goa government will give 2 lakh to the kin of each of the six deceased crew members of the ill-fated Goan trawler 'Sea Messiah' that was struck by a Coast Guard ship 'Vaibhav 32' in midsea before dawn on April 25, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly on Tuesday...
Maharashtra: NGOs want a new state body to check destruction of wetlands
Citing government failure to protect precious wetland ecosystems in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) from illegal reclamation and dumping, three NGO’s and citizens filed a public interest litigation, which asks for setting up of a state body to check destruction of wetlands, in Bombay high court (HC) on Monday...
Gujarat: Adani project in Mundra has violated environmental norms: MoEF committee report
Report provides incontrovertible evidence of destruction of mangroves, blocking of creeks and non-compliance of other clearance conditions. Committee recommends effective deterrence through creation of Environment Restoration Fund of Rs 200 crore or 1 per cent of total investment, whichever is higher. Recommends reform of Coastal Zone Regulations and monitoring systems...
Note: Report of the committee for inspection of M/s Adani Port & SEZ Ltd. Mundra, Gujarat can be accessed at:
Gujarat: Worries over 270 Indians in Pak jail
New Delhi: Sarabjit Singh's death following a brutal assault in a Pakistani jail has raised concerns over the safety of 270 Indian prisoners - including 215 fishermen — who are lodged in different prisons there. Only 33 of the Indian prisoners have so far been given consular access, leaving authorities here in the dark about the others...
India: Vendors welcome clearance of Bill
Smiles and cheers prevailed among the street vendors’ representatives at the “Convention on Street Vendors Dialogue with Political Leaders”, as the news about Union Cabinet clearing the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, spread on Wednesday...
Sri Lanka: EU to decide on IUU fishing in June
The European Parliament will decide on June 26 whether to impose sanctions on export of fish from Sri Lanka over the allegation of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) by Sri Lankan fishermen in international waters, officials said yesterday. However, Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Ministry which made submissions to the EU representatives last week in Brussels expects a positive outcome on the basis that a number of steps had been taken to contain IUU fishing...
Myanmar: Boat attacked by illegal fishermen
A motorboat carrying a government official was attacked by knife-wielding fishermen earlier this month during a search for illegal battery fishing operations on the Ayeyarwady River, police say. The deputy head of the Department of Fisheries in Sagaing township, U Myint Lwin, and one fisheries licence holder were travelling on the boat when they were attacked by about 20 people on five vessels near Htauk Kyit village in Sagaing Region on April 22...
22 -26 April 2013
Assam: Mass death of fishes in Hajo temple pond
Guwahati: Mass death of fishes belonging to different species was reported on Thursday from the centuries-old pond located on the premises of the HayagrivaMadhava Temple in Hajo in Kamrup (Rural) district. The temple, which is situated on the Monikut Hill and constructed by King Raghu Deva Narayan in 1583, is a centre of attraction in the district...
Himachal Pradesh: Himachal draws plans to expand fish farming
Shimla: To promote fish farming the Himachal government has drawn up plans modernizing and constructing new inland fish landing centers over various sub-mountainous regions of the state. “A provision of Rs 1.89 Cr has been made to modernize and constructi Inland-Fish Landing Centers in the vicinity of reservoirs, spokesman of fishery department stated here...
Punjab: Lakhs of fish die in Kali Bein
Sultanpur Lodhi: The historic Kali Bein, which had become an example of rejuvenation of a dead rivulet, is again stinking- this time with lakhs of dead fish in it as the flow of fresh water has been reduced and dirty water continues to flow into it. Around a dozen trolley loads of dead fish had been removed from Bein by volunteers led by environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal in the last four days and still lakhs of fish are lying dead in the water...
Gujarat: Adani project in Mundra has violated environmental norms, rules MoEF committee
Bangalore: There is incontrovertible evidence that the Adani project - port and SEZ - at Mundra in Gujarat has violated and not complied with environmental clearance conditions. The company has also bypassed environmental procedures in certain cases - says the report of a committee set up by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to inspect the project...
Maharashtra: Canacona fish vendors take on civic body
After a gap of around two years, local fisherwomen from Canacona's main fish market took out a protest morcha on Friday and sold fish in front of the Canacona municipal council (CMC) office. Speaking to TOI, SushilaPagui, Baby Pagui and others who were agitating said that basic facilities like water, electricity, toilets and cleanliness around the market were lacking. "Besides, fish is sold along the highway by outsiders, especially women from Karnataka," they said...
Goa: Six fishermen missing after trawler collides with naval ship
In a major accident off Goa's coastline, an Indian Navy vessel collided against a fishing trawler in South Goa throwing overboard 23 crew members, of which six members are still missing, a senior police official said today. Police said that the accident happened 47 nautical miles off Canacona coast during the wee hours today...
Karnataka: Vision Udupi-2025 will boost development: Housing colonies for fishermen will be constructed
Congress candidate Pramodh Madhwaraj said the ‘Vision Udupi-2025’ concept will boost all round development of Udupi assembly constituency. Speaking after releasing “Vision Udupi-2025” document, Madhawaraj said the “Vision Udupi-2025” is part of party’s manifesto. The booklet comprising the details will be distributed to each house. Eradicating the drinking water problems in Udupi assembly constituency will be given priority...
Tamil Nadu: TN Fishermen’s Assn thanks Thondaman
Tamil Nadu Fishermen’s Association Chief Advisor N. Devadas thanked Minister Arumugan Thondaman during a telephone conversation, for meeting the 19 Tamil Nadu fishermen at Anuradhapura and talking to them and providing meals and clothes. Minister Thondaman had also sent his attorney-at-law Perumal Rajadorai to the courts for the release of these fishermen...
Kerala: Fish scarcity forces Kerala to look to neighbours for supplies
Dwindling fish landings on the Kerala coast and spiralling demand have combined to force the State to turn to neighbouring States for its fish supplies even as market sources said that consumers in Kochi were spared a possible fish scarcity during Easter and Vishu holidays with substantial imports of a variety akin to milk fish/white mullet (vila meen) from the Gulf...
Andhra Pradesh: Fresh water aquaculture: call for strict regulations
The District Level Committee on fresh water aquaculture on Thursday suggested imposition of more stringent regulations by the State government to streamline fresh water aquaculture. Chairing the meeting, cistrict Collector G.S.R.K.R.Vijaykumar directed the fisheries officials to issue notices to fresh water aquaculturists to regularise their existing aquaculture ponds within three months...
Odisha: Govt schemes function poorly for fisher workers' community
Report by Pradeep Baisakh, Bhubaneswar: In 2011 the state government declared 14 point benefit scheme for the fishermen community to protect their livelihood in wake of government’s ban motorised fishing in the sea during the breeding time of the Olive Ridley turtles. The ban is active for seven months in a year which incurs substantial loss to the fisherworker community as for most of them fishing is the primary source of income; though, in some cases paddy and other forest produces supplant their income...
India: Sri Lanka asked to ensure navy acts humane with fishermen: Govt
In a written reply to the House, AK Antony said 125 Indian fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan authorities for crossing over into their territory till April this year. Government has been taking up the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen with Sri Lanka and asked it to ensure that its Navy acts with restraint and in a humane manner, Defence Minister AK Antony told the Lok Sabha today...
Sri Lanka: Fish sale soar during Avurudu
The Peliyagoda Fish Trade Centre sold around 500,000 kilos of fish on each day of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year season, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry sources said. The sources said over 250 lorries transporting fish arrived at the Peliyagoda Fish Market each day since April 10...
Myanmar: Can Myanmar fisheries compete with Thailand and Vietnam?
Fishery factories in Myanmar will have to compete with experienced competitors in Thailand and Vietnam if they aim to conduct successful CMP (cutting, manufacturing, packaging) operations, say industry experts. Domestic fisheries firms will also be obliged to improve the state of their factories and machinery, and their technological and transportation systems if they are to be competitive, they said...
Maldives: MDP propose US$1.05 billion mariculture industry as part of election pledge
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has pledged to develop a mariculture industry in the country should former President Mohamed Nasheed be reelected in September 2013. Mariculture is a specialised form of aquaculture which involves the cultivation of marine products such as pearls, oysters, fish and sea cucumbers in the open sea, or in nets or ponds exposed to the sea...
Bangladesh: Punishment for killers of fishermen demanded
Fishermen’s community of Bhola formed a human chain on Bhola Sadar road protesting the brutal killing of 32 fishermen and demanded punishment for the killers on April 14. During the human chain the speakers demanded exemplary punishment for those who are connected with the brutal killing. They also demanded fishermen’s security during the upcoming fishing season...
See also: Bangladesh: Pirates rule the Bay of Bengal
Odisha: Chilika development authority bringing in another new concept 'allowable envelope'
Report by IED bureau, Bhubaneswar: Chilika development authority in collaboration with wetlands international is bringing in another new concept "allowable envelope" developed by wetlands international for sustainable management of Chilika Lake...
Andhra Pradesh: Boat workers seek Rs.150 per day as compensation during ban
AITUC-affiliated union to hold a meeting at the fishing harbour on April 18. Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour Workers’ Union (VFHWU) has sought compensation from the government for the workers rendered jobless due to 47-day fishing ban which began on Monday at the rate of Rs.150 per day. To press for the demand, the AITUC-affiliated union will hold a meeting here at the fishing harbour on April 18...
Tamil Nadu: TN govt invite bids for green field port in Nagapattinam
The primary and secondary hinterland of the proposed port at Nagapattinam would comprise districts of Perambalur, Villupuram, Salem, Namakkal, Karur, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Erode. The Tamil Nadu government has proposed to invite bids for developing a green field port in Nagapattinam at a cost of Rs. 380 crore. Mumbai-based i-maritime Consultancy Pvt. Ltd was engaged in the bidding process for developing the port, a policy note tabled in the State Assembly said on Monday...
Tamil Nadu: Over 500 TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy since May 2011
Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday said that due to its consistent efforts Sri Lanka had released over 500 fishermen arrested by its navy since May, 2011 and re-affirmed that retrieval of ‘katchatheevu,’ an islet ceded by India to the neighbouring nation in 1974, was its “topmost agenda...”
Kerala: Marines case: Italian govt questions NIA's jurisdiction
New Delhi: Italy on Tuesday questioned in the Supreme Court NIA's jurisdiction to probe the case against its two marines for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen, a contention rejected by the government which assured the court that investigation will be completed in 60 days. The SC has reserved verdict on modalities of investigation against Italian mariners accused of killing two Kerala fishermen...
Kerala: Foreign vessels in coastal waters a cause for concern
All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators’ Association leaders have come up with an allegation that the authorities were facilitating fishing by foreign vessels in the coast. “Fishermen set out to sea from Kerala have reported that they spotted ‘Atlantic Dawn’, an Irish fishing vessel which is one of the largest of its kind in the world...
Gujarat: Adanis flouted norms in Gujarat
Mangrove forests spread across 75 acres were destroyed and several creeks blocked for building India’s largest private port in Gujarat, an Adani group initiative. This was found by a high-level committee that reviewed the group’s port and special economic zone projects in the state. The five-member committee, headed by environmentalist Sunita Narain, found ample evidence of the Adani group’s efforts to circumvent statutory procedures for obtaining clearances for the port...
India: Anguished father of fisherman killed off UAE coast by US Navy speaks of loss
Dubai: The father of a fisherman shot dead by the US navy off Jebel Ali port last year is angered and disappointed at the American investigation clearing the security crew aboard the USNS Rappahannock. The report released a week ago said US servicemen on the naval refuelling vessel used "appropriate force" and acted in self-defence...
India: The face of climate change in India
India, recognized as one of the twelve mega-diversity countries of the world, is facing grave ecological challenges. The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebrations is “The Face of Climate Change.” Here’s a quick snap-shot of climate change in the country struggling to strike a balance between its changing ecology and increasing stress on natural resources...
Pakistan: Facts about illegal Indian fishing activity inside Pakistan EEZ
Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 200-nautical miles, designated by the United Nations, is overwhelmingly enriched in both living and non-living marine resources - especially the Indus Delta region has abundance of prime quality fish that entice the neighbouring Indian fishermen, who deliberately violate the international boundaries and indulge in illegal fishing activities in Pakistan’s EEZ...
Bangladesh: Bangladesh’s largest trawler completes sea trial
The largest trawler in Bangladesh has recently completed a successful sea trial in the Bay of Bengal. F.T. Agro Food-1 was built by Western Fishers Shipyard Ltd (WFSL), a joint venture between Western Marine Shipyard & Fishers Shipyard. F.T. Agro Food-1 is a 42m deep sea mid-water fishing trawler - the first of its kind ever made in Bangladesh. This ship is the first from a series of three sister vessels WFSL has built for Agro Food Ltd...
Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Government to Invest in Inland Fisheries
Sri Lanka - With an increase in the price of ocean fish, the Sri Lankan government is investing in the inland fisheries industry to create a good demand for Sri Lankan inland fish in the world market. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, said the price of sea fish is increasing due to fuel price hikes, the increase of cost which sea fishermen have to spend on boats and repairs of their vessels...
Myanmar: Hundreds Protest Pipeline in Burma’s Rakhine State
Hundreds of residents protested Thursday against a China-backed petroleum pipeline project in western Burma’s Rakhine state over inadequate compensation and demands that the project developer provide better transportation infrastructure and higher salaries for local workers. Around 400 people gathered to protest the Shwe Gas Project in Maday Island off the coast of Kyaukpyu town in the Bay of Bengal, also complaining that the project had polluted rivers which fishermen in the area had depended on for their catch...
8-12 April 2013
India: Indian government announces fishing ban
India - The government has imposed a ban on fishing by mechanised and motor boats between 15 April and 31 May, 2013 (47 days) for the conservation of fish resources. Mechanised fishing vessels and motor boats found violating the ban will be fined Rs.2,500 and the catch will be seized, according to the Joint Director of Fisheries P. Koteswara Rao, reports TheHindu. Fishermen using traditional fishing boats without an attached motor do not come under the purview of the ban...
India: US Navy probe into shooting clears team
Nine months after a US Navy supply ship fired at a speeding boat which posed an ‘imminent threat’ off the coast of Dubai, an investigation has cleared the security team on board the vessel. An Indian fisherman was killed and three of his compatriots were injured in the shooting. The incident involving USNS Rappahannock and the fishing boat happened near the port of Jebel Ali on July 16 last year...
Assam: Assam: Drive against syndicates a political compulsion: Mafia had instructed the fish suppliers to stop supply of fish from Andhra Pradesh for creating artificial scarcity
Guwahati, April 8 – Alleging that a nefarious nexus of mafia, government officials, police and politicians were behind the flourishing illegal syndicates, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said that the sudden drive against syndicates was driven more by political compulsion rather than genuine intent...
Manipur: Save Loktak Lake call sounded out at Thanga
Imphal, April 7: A one day `Save Loktak Lake campaign` was held today at the Thanga Chinglak Bazar organized by several organizations. Demanding for the state to fulfill demands including establishment of a new Fishermen Welfare (Protection) Rights Act by getting rid of the Loktak Act and stopping all forceful evictions of fishers from the floating huts, the organizations set April 15 for the Government to act on their demands...
Maharashtra: Pollution, climate change driving bombil & pomfret away from city coast
“Did you get any rani fish?” Celine D’Souza, 37 asked for her favourite from across the relatively quiet Goregaon fish market on Thursday morning. “Like a stuck record, every time you come, you ask the same. Why don’t you buy surmai, pomfret, halwa instead?” asks her regular fish-monger Vishaka Bhoir, 49 stubbing off a bidi...
Goa: Our fast-disappearing fields of fish
Panaji: Goa's paddy fields, ponds and lakes harbour a rich biodiversity of fish species, but the indiscriminate use of chemicals, dumping of wastes, rapid urbanization and environmental degradation have severely impacted this aquatic resource. 'This aspect of paddy fields, as being a rich habitat for ichthyofaunal biodiversity, is on the verge of displacement due to conversion of rice fields into non-agricultural land,' states a recent study by Archana A Deshpande and Sonia R Fernandes, zoology students of Carmel College for Women, Nuvem...
Kerala: Fishermen Killing: Confusion may lead to NIA losing Italian marines case to CBI
Confusion prevails over the laws under which the Italian marine duo, accused of killing two Kerala fishermen, are to be prosecuted amid indications that the high-profile case may be handed over to CBI from NIA. Government sources said as per the assurance given by India to Italy, the marines will not be given death sentence and hence the stringent Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act, 2002 slapped against the duo will be dropped...
Pondicherry: Plea for setting up Indo-Lanka Marines Disputes Authority by NFF
Puducherry: National Fish Workers Forum General Secretary M Ilango on Saturday sought formation of an Indo-Sri Lanka Marine Disputes Authority to find a permanent solution to end the "sufferings" of Indian fishermen, allegedly at the hands of Sri Lankan Navy while fishing. Ilango said in a statement around 25 fishermen from Karaikal were taken into custody by the Lankan Navy yesterday...
Tamil Nadu: Lankan court orders release of 19 Indian fishermen caught by Navy
Rameswaram (TN): A Sri Lankan court today ordered the release of 19 Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Lankan Navy on 13 March for allegedly fishing in that country’s waters, officials here said. The fishermen, who were lodged in Anuradhapuram Prison, would arrive either tomorrow or the day after, they said...
Andhra Pradesh: Child marriages on the rise in fishing hamlets
Several girls are staying with grandparents and forced to enter into wedlock as their parents migrate to the Gulf. A case of child marriage reported at Chinnamamidipalli baffles the official agencies enforcing the Prevention of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) in the coastal villages inhabited by fishermen in Narsapur and Mogalturu mandals of West Godavari district...
Sri Lanka: Pass system abolished – fishermen relieved
The pass system for fishermen that was in practice for over two decades in the North, East and North Western provinces, restricting fishing activities was abolished last week. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the Sunday Observer that this was a great relief and victory for the fishermen who had staged protests and agitations demanding the abolition of the Navy’s pass system...
Myanmar: Illegal foreign fishing boats become a big concern
Although the authorities have set restriction for fishing to prevent local fishing boats from fishing in Myanmar's coastal waters, illegal foreign fishing boats become a concern, said officials from Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF). "[We] need to study our sea to have effective measures against illegal fishing during the period. Illegal foreign fishing boat is a big concern...
Pakistan: Pakistan allowed to export fish meal to Chinese markets
China allowed Pakistan to export fish meal to its markets for one more year, after its quality inspectors approved the country's fisheries management, sources said on Saturday. China, they said, has enlisted four processing plants to allow their food export to its markets including M/s Kanpa International Sales, M/s Abideen and Company, M/s M A Proteins and M/s Intermarket International. After a thorough evaluation of a fisheries report on Pakistan, four companies, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) made the decision, they said...
Pakistan: Fishermen optimistic to continue movement
Karachi - A large number of people, hailing from different coastal villages, staged a two-day Long March on Tuesday to register their protest against the sale of precious islands, Dingi and Bhundar, located near Ibrahim Hydri. It is to be noted here that the government has allowed investors and business tycoons to initiate development of island city...
India; NFF letter to Prime Minister of India on Fishermen arrest
Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Honourable Prime Minister of India,
Office of the Prime Minister,
Sub: Indian fishermen arrested by Srilankan Navy and incarcerated in Srilankan prisons – a total of 75 within one week – seeking the intervention of your good self – Reg.
Twenty six fishermen from Karaikal of Puducherry, who ventured into the sea on April 5th for fishing in 5 boats, were captured by the Srilankan Navy and are put behind the bars. You may remember that a fisherman from Karaikal was shot at by the Srilankan Navy on 5th of March. Last week 56 fishermen from Ramnad district were taken into custody by the Srilankan Navy and 19 of them are still remanded. The fishermen of Ramnad district abstained themselves from fishing for over a week due to this fact. And when they went back to fishing this week, they are harassed. On 7th March, yet another 30 fishermen from Ramnad district are captured by the Srilankan navy and are incarcerated. This makes a total of 75 Indian fishermen being arrested within a week alone.
The fishermen of the southern districts of Tamilnadu, from Nagapattinam till Kanykumari and the Karaikal district of the Union Territory of Puducherry are been suffering harassment of various kinds by Srilankan Navy. They are beaten, their nets and boats are damaged, their catches are confiscated, many of them are arrested, incarcerated and some are shot at (resulting in life loss to the tune of over 500 fishermen so far). The Tamil fishermen see no reason for continuation of such behavior even after the end of the civil war in Srilanka.
We seek the intervention of your good office in finding a long standing solution to this perennial issue. The solution should have the involvement of the local government such as that of Tamilnadu and Puducherry. A continuous process of dialogue between the fishermen of the two nations should also be considered as a part of conflict resolution.
I wish to bring to your notice the existence of specific authority consisting of various countries, in batches of two or three countries that share coastline facing common seas, to resolve such fishing and alleged crossing the border issues. Russia, Japan and the Koreas are part of such authorities. We wish that an ‘Indo Srilankan Marine Disputes Authority’ be established in similar fashion due to your intervention.
(M. Ilango), General Secretary, NFF.
01-05 April 2013
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Reprieve for tsunami affected fishermen: LG approves waiver of loans of fishermen
With the loan scheme to the tsunami affected fishermen get waived, about 370 tsunami affected fishermen from different places of the Islands get benefitted. Expenditure sanction was accorded by the Lt Governor to reimburse loan of Rs 2.10 crores to 12 banks, which had extended the loan to the tsunami affected fishermen...
Assam: Fisheries to be developed by cluster system: CM
Guwahati, March 30 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said that the fisheries of the State would be developed through cluster system. The Chief Minister was inaugurating the Pujali Fish Project at the Pujali Beel in the Hajo area...
Himachal Pradesh: Fish farming is emerging as booming industry in Himachal Pradesh
Fish farming is emerging as booming industrial activity in this hill state as it has immense potential to rear fishes in various water bodies and people are coming forward in large number to adopt this vocation. This was stated by Fishery Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri while replying to query of Asha Kumari in the assembly today...
Madhya Pradesh: Provision for Short term working capital loan to fishermen at 0 percent interest rate in State Budget of Madhya Pradesh: 2013-14
Raghavji, the Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 22 March 2013 presented the State Budget of 2013-14 in State Assembly. Total plan outlay of 91946.86 crore rupees for the year 2013-14. The presented budget for the financial year 2013-14 is a 5214.83 crore rupees revenue surplus budget. The proposed fiscal deficit for the financial year 2013-14 was estimated to be 12218.53 crore rupees and revenue receipts was estimated to be of 79603.47 crore rupees...
Gujarat: Tata Power's Mundra UMPP creates sustainable livelihood for fishermen in Gujarat
The Financial -- In line with its philosophy of improving the quality of life of the communities living around its area of operation, Coastal Gujarat Power, a 100 percent subsidiary of Tata Power operating the 4,000MW Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project, installed solar boat lights for the fishermen community from Modhva in Mundra's Mandvi block...
Maharashtra: Rahul to hear grievances of Jaitapur protesters
The delegation will invite the Congress leader for a visit to Jaitapur. The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has decided to intervene in the ongoing trouble at the proposed site of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP) in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district...
Karnataka: Fisheries policy still in cold storage in Karnataka
BJP fails to keep its 2008 election promise, lack of commitment irks fishing community. Although the five-year rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party saw a man from coastal Karnataka becoming the chief minister, albeit for a brief period, one of the key poll promises of the party specific to the region has remained unfulfilled...
Kerala: Continuing woes of Palayam market vendors
They do not believe in city Corporation’s promises of better facilities. The vendors at Connemara Market, Palayam, remain unconvinced by the city Corporation’s plans to build a sheltered platform beside the market. The vendors, most of them selling vegetable and fish, are settled in the back of the market...
Tamil Nadu: TN government orders closure of Sterlite copper smelter
Power supply cut; Vaiko says shutdown victory for local people, Mired in controversy in recent days, Sterlite Industries Limited’s copper smelter in Tuticorin was shut down on Saturday. Operations in the plant came to a standstill in the wake of an order from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board...
Tamil Nadu: 19 Rameswaram fishermen remanded again till April 11
Rameswaram: The woes of Rameswaram fishermen seem to prolong as the remand of 19 of their counterparts, who were detained in Sri Lankan prison was extended till April 11. The Mannar court in the island nation, which heard their case on Thursday extended their remand ordering them to be produced before the court again on April 11...
Nepal: Plenty of fish for poverty alleviation
A Nepali project competing for the Clinton Global Initiative Award 2013. Kathmandu, April 3: “What keeps me motivated and working hard is the huge differences I see, right after I cross borders from Nepal,” says Kanchan Amatya, 19, a youth activist and an aspiring social entrepreneur who was recently invited by former President Bill Clinton to compete for the Clinton Global Initiative Award 2013 for her initiative “Sustainable Fish Farming”...
Bangladesh: Memorandum of Understanding signed on labour rights
The Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA), Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) and American Centre for International Labour Solidarity (ACILS) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to agree on compliance issues and labour rights within the country’s shrimp and fish processing sector...
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Navy relaxes regulations on fishing
Sri Lanka Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has announced that the permission of Sri Lanka Navy is no longer needed for the fishermen to engage in fishing activities in the country's seas. Sri Lanka Navy issued a special identity card to the fishermen during the war time as a measure of national security...
Myanmar: Fishery Ministry streamlines export process
Myanmar’s Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has streamlined procedures for exporting marine products in order to boost exports, it said. Pre-shipment inspections are no longer required. Instead, monthly inspections and quarterly chemical tests at factories will be held, the ministry said...
25-29 March 2013
Lakshadweep: 'Sex-on-the-reef' along Lakshadweep Islands and Corals are in a healthy state
A rare and curious phenomenon, coral spawning, popularly referred to as "sex-on-the-reef", has been recorded scientifically for the first time along Lakshadweep islands on India's west coast, a Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) researcher has claimed. Generally observed after full-moon nights, coral spawning is a magnificent phenomenon of sexual reproduction of corals, which involves mass collective expulsion of colourful eggs and sperm clouds into the water by corals...
Odisha: 10,113 fishermen families identified for RORC
Over 10,000 families of fishing community in four coastal districts have been identified to be covered under the Rice for Olive Ridley Conservation (RORC) scheme. Each of these families will be provided with 25 kgs of rice at ` one per kg every month and a special card will be issued to avail this provision under the scheme...
Andhra Pradesh: Fishermen seek implementation of Murari panel report
Visakhapatnam, March 27: The Union Government should implement the Murari Commission report and protect the livelihood of fishermen who are getting marginalised as the Government is allocating vast stretches of coastal lands to special economic zones, ports and industries, according to P. Raja, General-Secretary of the All-India Fish Workers' Federation, and M. Appadurai, President...
Tamil Nadu: Fish prices soar as boats forced to travel far for catch
Chennai: Fish prices in the city have increased by nearly 25% after a severe drop in the average catch in local waters. Fishermen and experts say the seas off the Chennai coast have been plundered by large trawlers, leading to depletion in stocks of all varieties of fish, especially commercial species, in traditional fishing grounds...
Tamil Nadu: 2 German sailors detained in India after ship collision kills Indian fisherman
Berlin - Germany says two of its citizens were temporarily detained in India after their ship was allegedly involved in a fatal collision with a local fishing boat. The Foreign Ministry says the two German seamen have been released on bail in the port of Chennai while Indian authorities investigate the incident in which one fisherman reportedly died...
Kerala: Special Court judge named to try marines in Delhi
The Delhi High Court on Monday designated Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) of Patiala House Court, Amit Bansal, to conduct the trial of the two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 2012...
Karnataka: Karwar men detain and let off Udupi fishermen
Udupi/Karwar: Internal rift between fishermen from Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts regarding fishing in waters off the Karwar coast has led to the detention of Udupi fishermen at Karwar on Friday. Fishermen from Karwar protested in Majali fisheries port area detaining three boats from Malpe alleging that despite the government ban on use of more than 350 horse power capacity engines in boats, fishermen from Udupi district were using it...
Goa: 'Motorized canoes too should not be allowed during ban'
Panaji: Fisheries cooperatives, while generally welcoming the proposed increase in the fishing ban period, to be implemented for the forthcoming monsoon, demanded that the ban be applied uniformly and no motorized canoes should be allowed to fish...
Maharashtra: Panel to check coastal pollution, if catch edible
Mumbai: Acknowledging the rise in pollution of coastal waters that is affecting marine life and fishing, the state government on Monday appointed a high-level committee to check the problem and take preventive measures. Fisheries minister Madhukar Chavan informed the legislative council that the committee, which will comprise representatives from the state pollution control board, revenue department, fisheries department and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), will meet once in three months to review the pollution...
India: Boats without light vulnerable to collisions: Coast Guard commander
Unlit fishing boats are vulnerable to collision at sea in the dark, particularly when they are stranded due to engine failures, Inspector-General of Coast Guard (Region East) Commander Satya Prakash Sharma said on Wednesday. Pointing out that fibreglass boats often went under radar surveillance, he said if it was realised at the last minute that something was in the way, large ships would not be able to stop or alter their course...
India: To make census data available online
Please publish Marine Fisheries Census, for the years 2005 and 2010, carried out by the Fishery Survey of India (FSI) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), in CSV/XLS format, urged Sudarshan Rodriguez, Senior Programme Coorindator of Coastal Area Mapping Project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Also please publish geographic information (lat-long, boundary) of fishing villages in CSV/KML formats.
Sri Lanka: CJM orders release of five Sri Lankan fishermen
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court here has ordered the immediate release of five Sri Lankan fishermen, who were arrested on March 17 for fishing in Indian waters after the State government withdrew the cases against them, sending a goodwill message to Sri Lankan authorities...
Pakistan: PFF calls for release of Pakistan, Indian fishermen
Karachi – Pakistani fishermen organisations activists and Indian human right activist and journalist have demanded the Pakistan and Indian governments release all the fishermen jailed in both countries. Mohammad Ali Shah, chairperson of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), Jatin Desai, senior journalist from Mumbai, India and Karamat Ali, Executive Director, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) while addressing a joint press conference at the Press Club on Monday said the arrest of Pakistani and Indian fishermen had intensified in the recent months after violations at the Line of Control (LOC)...
Myanmar: Thailand Rescues Trafficked Burmese Fishermen
A total of 14 Burmese nationals who had been trafficked into Thailand’s fishing industry were rescued by the Thai authorities on Friday and Saturday of last week, bringing to 29 the total of those rescued so far this month. According to sources in Kantang, a port town in southern Thailand’s Trang Province, 11 people were rescued on Friday, while three others were taken into custody on Saturday. Fifteen other Burmese were freed following a raid on March 10...
Bangladesh: Helping Bangladesh battle an epidemic of rickets
What will it take to aid the young people affected, and prevent new cases from emerging? More than half a million children in Bangladesh are suffering from a crippling form of malnutrition linked to a man-made environmental disaster. In severe cases, their legs buckle at the knees or bow out because mineral-deficient soft bones cannot support their growing bodies when they stand up and walk...
18-22 March 2013
Lakshadweep: Plea for release of fishermen detained in Lakshadweep
The South Asian Fishermen Fraternity (SAFF) has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps for the early release of 25 fishermen from Kanyakumari district who have been detained by the Lakshadweep Coast Guard. The fishermen had gone for deep sea fishing from Cochin fishing harbour on February 23 in two boats — Amala Annai, belonging to Dhasan of Vallavilai in Kanyakumari district and Anet Maria, belonging to Nelson of Munampam in Ernakulam, Kerala...
West Bengal: A ‘pump’ keeps Bay of Bengal saline
The salinity of the oceans that surround India play an important part in the complex interactions between atmosphere and sea that determines climate over the subcontinent. The Arabian Sea is saltier than the Bay of Bengal, and ocean currents that exchange waters between the two help maintain salinity levels...
Odisha: Unit-IV fish market raises a stink
Bhubaneswar: Mounds of solid wastes, choked drains and filthy smell have turned the biggest fish market at Unit-IV here into an unhealthy place. While several customers and local residents complain about the foul smell and garbage heaps, the fish traders and the civic body pass the buck to each other...
Odisha: Samudram bags ISO certification
Food products produced by Samudram, a woman’s organisation of marine fisherman’s community has got ISO 22000-2005 certification. With this certification assuring maintenance of standards, Samudram has started exploring avenues for exporting its products. The food products of Samudram that have received ISO 22000-2005 certification were dry fish, fish pickle, prawn pickle, prawn papad and bhujia...
Andhra Pradesh: Shrimp farmers seek better infrastructure
Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh's supremacy in the shrimp market is taking a beating with the dearth of deep-freeze cold storage facilities and disruptions in power supply hindering cultivators from selling their produce when it could fetch the best prices. "In April, fishermen will be off the sea because of catch holiday...
Karnataka: Hejamady harbor project to benefit 1123 fishing boats
Udupi: Hejamady, about 25 km south of the temple town, will get a sophisticated fisheries harbour with local fishermen agreeing on the blueprint prepared by Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery (CICEF) for the project. This new harbour unlike those in Malpe and Mangalore will have facilities like auction complex, boat building yard, ice plant and workshop...
Tamil Nadu: Netting of Ribbon Fish banned in South Indian coast
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) March 21 (Bernama) -- The netting of 'savala' or ribbon fish has been banned off the Kanyakumari coast in south India in view of high depletion of the fish in the region, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Savala, a sought-after fish in the international seafood market, was abundant in the region until a decade ago. 'LepturoCanthus Savala' and 'Trichurus Lepturus' are two varieties of the fish in high demand in the export sector...
Tamil Nadu: Prevent attack on fishermen, says CM
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has reiterated her demand to the Prime Minister for immediate diplomatic measures to put an end to repeated Sri Lankan attacks on fishermen from Tamil Nadu. In a strongly-worded letter to Manmohan Singh, written in the backdrop of two brutal attacks on fishermen from Tamil Nadu in as many days, Jayalalithaa reminded the PM that Tamil Nadu’s fishermen were Indian citizens too...
Kerala: Marines' case: Fisheries Coordination Committee stages Raj Bhavan dharna
The Kerala Fisheries Coordination Committee staged a dharna in front of the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday raising the demand to bring back the two Italian Marines, who shot dead fishermen, to India and prosecute them as per the Indian law. The dharna of the coordination committee of all organisations of fish workers was inaugurated by CPM MLA Elamaram Kareem...
Kerala fishermen killing: Italian marines on way to India
The two marines charged with the killing of fishermen have left Italy and are on their way to India, just in time to meet the deadline set by the Supreme Court for their return. The move follows an assurance given by Italy to India at the highest level that the marines will return in accordance with the timeline set by the Supreme Court, an official spokesperson in the MEA said today...
Goa: Chief Minister has proposed to increase the fishing ban from the present 45 days to 75 days
Povorim: There's not much in chief minister Manohar Parrikar's budget to crow about. That perhaps is why he read the first part of the budget speech in Konkani, though he struggled at times, and then switched to English for the second part that deals with taxation. Having taken a beating from pro-Konkani and pro-Marathi protagonists since the last assembly elections for his U-turn on the medium of instruction, the chief minister attempted to convince them of his pro-Konkani policy, not just by making his speech in Goa's official language, but doling sops to the language...
Goa: Continue Matanhy's fight for Goa'
Cansaulim: Mass to observe the first death anniversary of Matanhy Saldanha saw the two main celebrants appeal to the 1,000-odd attendees, who flooded every nook and even the courtyard of the St Thomas Church in Cansaulim, to carry forward the leader's legacy. Concelebrated by 20 priests from various Catholic orders, including the Jesuits, Salesians, SFX Pilar fathers and Diocesans, the main celebrant was Fr Eremito Rebello, rector of the Blessed Joseph Vaz sanctuary, Sancoale, while Fr Mouisinho Athaide delivered the homily...
Maharashtra: Dead fish in Mula river raise concern
Pune: Thousands of dead fish were floating in Mula river near a crematorium at Wakad on Thursday. The PimpriChinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has collected water samples and sent them to the government laboratory. Executive engineer of the PCMC's environment department Sanjay Kulkarni said citizens called to report the dead fish around 10 am...
Gujarat: In 8 months, 450 fishermen have landed in Pakistan jails
The incident on Tuesday night in which 101 Indian fishermen were captured by Pakistani Marines off the Jakhau coast is not the only one to happen in recent months. In fact, what is unusual about Tuesday’s incident is that the Pakistanis allowed 84 fishermen to return and arrested only 17. In the past eight months, personnel of the Pakistan Marine Agency (PMA) have captured 450 Indian fishermen and seized 150 of their boats, i.e., one boat every three days...
India: Basa fish comes to industry rescue
The Indian sea food industry, hit hard by the global slowdown as well as a supply crunch, has turned to a fish species found in southeast Asia and China to lift its fortunes.
The Basa, a catfish native to Vietnam's Mekong River Delta and Thailand's Chao Phraya basin, is not only being imported in large numbers by Indian seafood outlets, but is also being farmed in certain areas. The seafood market is facing a serious supply crunch due to lower catches from both, inland and sea-based fishing...
Sri Lanka: Five Sri Lankan fishermen arrested for straying into Indian waters
Tuticorin: Five Sri Lankan fishermen were held off Tuticorin coast by the Indian coast guard on Sunday. However, the incident caused anxiety among the fishermen in Rameswaram, who were expecting the release of 19 of their counterparts, held on similar charges by the island nation. The Sri Lankan fishermen had apparently started from Kalpatti fishing harbour on March 14 and they were fishing in the sea...
Maldives: Seal of approval for Maldives tuna
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) today praised a new initiative that will see all exports of Maldives pole-and-line skipjack tuna caught in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery carry a Validation Certificate issued by the Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA). The Validation Certificate confirms that the fish have been caught in the Maldives and by the traditional pole-and-line fishing method...
Pakistan: Nationalists, fishermen in unison against Islands selling
Karachi - The nationalist parties and fishermen organisations have announced protest drive against the allotment of twin islands to foreign companies near Karachi. The Sindh United Party workers observed a hunger strike for the second consecutive day on Monday outside the Karachi Press Club against the allotment of islands...
Myanmar: Fish in Myanmar water in decline
Fish in Myanmar has been in decline because of unsystematic utilization of fish resources, according to the weekly meat and fish sector meeting of Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) held on March 12. The data surveyed by the MFF showed that there is 0.5 million ton of fish at the bed of the Myanmar water whereas there is 0.55 ton in different water levels...
11-15 March 2013
Manipur: Loktak is our inherited property: Fishermen
On the second day of its week-long observance of International River Day being organised by the Committee of International River Day Celebration Week-2013 (comprising CPNRM, MDAVO, CCDD, ALLFU, JACAP HYCAR, NWU, CRA and JAC CMP) along with All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union (ALLAFU) and Committee on Natural Resources Protection in Manipur (CNRPM), a ‘community meeting on protection of Loktak Lake and to stop eviction of fishermen was held at Thanga island in Bishnupur district on Wednesday...
Gujarat: Coast Guard alert for Gujarat fishermen
Ahmadabad: The Indian Coast Guard has alerted the Commissioner of Fisheries, Government of Gujarat of the possibility of Indian fishermen being apprehended by a marauding Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) from near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) of the Kutch coast...
17 Indian fishermen detained by Pakistani marine agency
Maharashtra: Bombay duck is dying. Blame fishing, warming
Mumbai: Overfishing together with climate change is altering the kind and amount of fish found on the Maharashtra coast. Indiscriminate, excess fishing has significantly reduced the catch of local favourites, like Bombay duck and pomfret, over the past decade, with the drop being up to 55% in some species, according to new data from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)...
Goa: Keri battles for survival
Known for its white sands and the Tiracol fort, Keri-Tiracol, the northernmost panchayat of the state, is explored by tourists wishing to know a typical Goan village at leisure. The beach here is still pristine, but together with the entire Keri village, it is battling for survival. Quoting from lore, elders say the village was created by land filling in the River Tiracol, and that's probably why the entire soil in the village is sandy...
Kerala: Supreme Court issues notice to Italian envoy, marines
Vahanvati tells Bench note verbale is a breach of undertaking given to court.The Supreme Court on Thursday took a serious view of Italy’s breach of undertaking and restrained Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving the country without its permission. A Bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices Anil R. Dave and Vikramajit Sen issued notice to the Ambassador and two marines returnable on March 18 on an application from the Union of India bringing on record the note verbale sent by Italy informing it that the marines would not be sent back to India to face trial for the shooting incident off the Kerala coast in which two fishermen were killed in February 2012...
Kerala: A wave of Italian conceit
Fishermen killing: Italy blames India for violating UN convention
Kerala: Kochi Corporation ‘permitted’ coastal zone violations by realtors
The Kochi Corporation issued building permits for 10 high-rises on the banks of the Chilavannur lake between 2003 and 2008 without seeking the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance from the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority (KSCZMA). The Corporation admitted to this violation in a response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by The Hindu. The Chilavannur backwater is part of the Vembanad lake, which is listed as a Ramsar site...
Puducherrry: Stranded on road, they are like fish out of water
Fisherwomen have no place to sell due to delay in the opening of Senji Salai fish market. Anyone who had driven down Senji Salai would have noticed a group of fisherwomen sitting beside makeshift wooden platforms and selling their wares. These women have been using their current location waiting for the completion of the Fish Market building...
Tamil Nadu: CM approves four fishing harbours
Chennai: Chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday accorded administrative sanction for setting up a fishing harbour at Poompuhar for promoting deep-sea fishing at an estimated cost of Rs 78.50 crore. An official release stated that she has allotted Rs 6.67crore for starting work on the project. This initiative from the government would greatly benefit the fishermen living in Poompuhar and surrounding areas...
Tamil Nadu: Fishermen mass stage anti-Kudankulam plant protest by land ... and sea
Around 8,000 fishermen in around 600 fibreglass boats are staging a sea protest on Monday against the construction of two 1,000 MW nuclear power plant at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), said an activist.Speaking to IANS over phone, one of the leaders of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said: “Fishermen from several villages, numbering around 8,000, are protesting against the nuclear power plant. They are on around 600 fibre boats...
Andhra Pradesh: Fisheries Board to fund three modern fish markets in city
They will come up at Kukatpally, Nacharam and Begum Bazar. The messy fish markets being housed near dilapidated buildings will soon be a thing of the past with the government giving the go ahead to the GHMC for taking up construction of three wholesale and modern fish markets in the twin cities...
Andhra Pradesh: Major units put their plans on hold at Vizag pharma city, 500 fishermen and about 1,600 villagers, lost their lands in acquisition
Andhra Pradesh: Move to support livelihood of fishermen through SHGs
West Bengal: Small fish, big net: In the face of a rising demand for fish and a stagnating aquaculture growth, government wakes up to the potential of small fishery
At a rural market, fishers selling tiny fish in small baskets cannot escape the curious eye. Often ignored as “trash” or “miscellaneous” by the formal fishery sector, small fish is a delicacy rural people line up for. A loving husband would never miss the chance to give his expecting wife a meal full of nutritious small fish. A mother would always pursue her children to have them for good eyesight...
India: Street Vendors Bill will be passed in current session: Maken
Asks municipal bodies to halt vendor eviction drives. Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ajay Maken on Wednesday said the much-awaited Street Vendors (Livelihood Protection and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill will be passed in the current session of Parliament. He was speaking at the street vendors’ Parliament, organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), at Jantar Mantar here to press for the enactment of the Bill and to protest against incidents of abuse by municipal authorities and the police...
India: Separate ministry for fishermen assured
UPA Chairperson and AICC President Mrs Sonia Gandhi had assured steps to set up a seperate ministry for fishermen, General Secretary of National Fish Workers Forum M Illango said today. In a statement here, Mr Illango, who is taking part in a dharna in front of Parliament from March 4 to 8 to press for the demands of NFF, including the setting up of a seperate ministry said an N F F delegation called on Mrs.Gandhi yesterday and apprised their demands...
India should snap ties with Italy: NFF
India: Melting Arctic opens avenues for India: The country eyes the region's huge mineral deposits
"We do not know what is happening to the temperatures in the Arctic region," Torgeir Larsen, Norway's state secretary in the foreign affairs ministry said at an Arctic Summit, organised in Norwegian capital by The Economist, today. Much of the summit concerns relate to the discovery of new shipping routes, which could drastically reduce the distance from Europe to East Asia, with rapid meltdown of sea ice...
Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Navy arrests 53 Indian fishermen
Colombo: Sri Lankan navy on Thursday arrested 34 Indian fishermen for allegedly entering its waters illegally, taking the total number of Indians captured in the last 24 hours to 53. India had summoned Lanka's deputy high commissioner and told to treat the arrested men in a humane manner. Government also advised the Sri Lanka to release the arrested fishermen...
Myanmar Fish Farms Suffer as Hot Weather Continues
Myanmar - Fish farms in Myanmar are suffering due to unusual hot weather and parasites for this time of year. The hot weather has caused many pond to dry up and has reduced oxygen levels in the water. While fish farmers normally wait to harvest their fish until monsoon season from June until October, they are harvesting their fish now in fear that they will die from the heat or parasites, reports the MyanmarTimes...
Maldives: Shark trade regulation passes vote during CITES meeting
Bangkok -- Conservationists at a global wildlife conference on Monday voted to regulate the trade of shark species that have been threatened because their fins are used to make expensive delicacies in Asia. Delegates at the triennial meeting in Bangkok of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna adopted the proposals to put the oceanic whitetip, hammerhead and porbeagle sharks on a list of species whose trade is closely controlled...
04-08 March 2013
Manipur: Manipur Loktak Lake Eviction – Joint Press Release by CORE and FIPA
28th February 2013, Imphal: The Center for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) and Forum for Indigenous Perspective and Action (FIPA) is sad to hear that the Government of Manipur has forcefully continued the dismantling of floating huts of floating hut dwellers/fishing communities belonging to the Meitei people of Manipur at Langolshabi Area, Loktak Lake in central part of Manipur on 23 and 28 February 2013...
West Bengal: Bangladesh stir to hit Bengal’s stomach
The unrest in Bangladesh has claimed its first major casualty in the state — the availability of freshwater fish in the markets of Bengal. If the acute slowdown in the supply of such delicacies as tangra, bekti, parshe and gajal from across the border isn’t bad enough news, the state may soon face a sharp spike in the prices of the traditional rohu and katla — an integral part of Bengal’s daily diet...
Odisha: Fishermen protest, demand sops during ban on fishing
Thousands of fishermen under the fold of the Odisha Traditional Fish Workers’ Union (OTFWU) on Wednesday came in a rally from Gopa Chowk to the District Collectorate and later held a protest meeting pressing for an 11-point charter of demands. Former Minister Ganeswar Behera and District Krushak Sabha leader Gayadhar Dhal participated in the mass dharna to support the fishermen...
Andhra Pradesh: Govt at sea over new port location
Hyderabad: Where will the new port Union finance minister P Chidambaram announced for the state in his budget speech would be located? If the state has its way, it could be in Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district. But construction of the port here could invite legal trouble due to opposition from the Krishnapatnam Port Company and any delay in zeroing in on the location may prove costly for the state...
Tamil Nadu: “Restrain mechanised boat owners from inshore fishing”
A large number of fishermen thronged the Collectorate here on Wednesday with family members urging the district administration and Fisheries Department to restrain mechanised boats from inshore fishing and protect their livelihood. Stating that the livelihood of more than one lakh families was at stake, hundreds of fishermen, under the banner of Federation of Tamil Nadu Fishing Trade Union - CITU, turned up at the collectorate to express their grievance and press a charter of demands...
Lakshadweep: Expedite steps to deport Pakistani fishermen: Court
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Union Home Ministry to expedite steps to deport 14 Pakistani fishermen detained in jail despite their acquittal in a case relating to illegally entering Indian waters. The Bench comprising Justice Pius C.Kuriakose and Justice P.D. Rajan issued the directive on a habeas corpus petition filed by Joseph Varghese of Cherthala, a seafood exporter...
Goa: Can we save our Green Goa?: Goa's coastline in flagrant violation of the new 2011 regime
Goa is often compared to a multi-faceted jewel, but its beauty and natural assets have become the cause of mindless exploitation, and the loot and plunder of its resources is heading towards the tipping point. Tiny and fragile, more than 80% of Goa's geographical area has been classified as eco-sensitive in the regional plan (RP) 2021. Yet its forests, hills, rivers and water bodies are under a siege of mindboggling violations from various lobbies...
Maharashtra: Sardines in India latest indicator of how your food is on the move
Mumbai’s new sardine bounty is an example of how warmer temperatures may be redrawing the world’s geographic distribution of food with potential implications for what and how we eat. On an early Friday morning, the wholesale fish market at Mumbai’s historic Sassoon Dock is in full, cacophonous swing. As fishermen unload their catch, local fish-sellers, restaurant cooks, and housewives swarm the slick wharf, haggling over their favorites – salmon, pomfret, and king mackerel...
Gujarat: Gujarat's beloved sea daughters
Until 2003, whale sharks, among the world's largest fish, which reportedly swim nearly 22,400 km from Australia to arrive at coastal Gujarat every winter, were hunted by local fishermen for their export-quality meat as well as liver oil, which is used to waterproof fishing boats. The extensive fishing of these marine giants, which presumably come seeking temperatures of 21-25 degrees Celsius and phytoplanktons, nearly rendered them extinct in this part of the world. Until help arrived in the form of a sermon from a spiritual guru, Morari Bapu...
Madhya Pradesh: Whose water is it anyway?
Do you remember them — standing neck-deep in water for 17 days? Did you understand what the farmers were trying to say to the state and to other citizens who might benefit from their dislocation? They were saying that it wasn’t so much about land; their very lives were at stake. The Madhya Pradesh government had agreed to some of their demands, like lowering the height of the Omkareshwar dam across the Narmada (but when another group protested, asking that the height of Indira Sagar dam be lowered, the police forced them out of the water)...
India: NFF members on sit-in-dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Pondicherry: The first day of the five days sit- -in-dharna by the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) started at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi yesterday with over a thousand members from various fishworkers union from all the ten coastal states and union territories participating in it. In a statement here today, NFF All India General Secretary M Ellango said Mr Rambhau Patil, the Chairperson, Mr M Ilango, General Secretary and Mr T Peter, Secretary, led the agitation with the co operation of the state leaders (executive committee members of NFF)...
India: Supreme Court Judgement on common lands: Jagpal Singh versus State of Punjab (2011)
This Supreme Court judgement on common lands, is important for preservation of water bodies and 'lung spaces' because it lays down in no uncertain terms the rights of citizens over the what in the West are called 'Commons' and because even the well-informed among us are not aware of their rights over such public spaces...
India: Govt to protect interest of Tamil fishermen: Antony
Amid concerns in Rajya Sabha over arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan naval forces, the government today said it is aware of the situation and will take up the matter with the island nation to protect the interest of Tamil fishermen. "Our government is fully aware of the situation...Whenever this kind of incident has occurred, our government has taken up the matter with the government of Sri Lanka to protect the interest of Tamil Nadu fishermen...
Bangladesh: Bangladesh tackles climate change by fusing rice paddies with fish farms
Integrating coastal aquaculture with wet rice farming could boost Bangladesh's food security and combat climate change. By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a report. The approach promises more nutritious food without causing environmental damage, and has the potential for a "blue-green revolution" on Bangladesh's existing crop areas, extending to about 10m hectares (25m acres) and an additional nearly 3m hectares that remain waterlogged for four to six months...
Pakistan: Seafood demand in China, the Middle East: Pakistan's major share likely to be retained
Growing demand for seafood in China and Middle East is likely to retain Pakistan's major share of shrimp, cuttlefish and squid this fiscal year, exporters said on Monday. Pakistan is expected to export seafood of maximum $7 million to the world's largest market this fiscal year as the EU has only enlisted companies initially, they said...
Myanmar: Myanmar fishing towns to get net factories
Authorities will allow companies to build fishing net factories in areas with developed fishing business, according to the notification No. 1/2013 released by the Myanmar Investment Commission. Businesses will need to build clean and modern “fish unloading ports” and fish auction markets in accordance with the procedures and standards set by the Fisheries Department, the notification said...
Sri Lanka: Fisheries issues to be discussed before Joint Investigation Committee
Fisheries issues to be discussed before Joint Investigation Committee by Ridma Dissanayake. Discussions will be held with India before the Joint Investigation Committee (JIC) of Sri Lanka and India on issues on the fisheries sector, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said. Sri Lanka and India are close friends. Friendship and brotherhood between the two countries has a long history...
Sri Lanka: Rs 120 m spent for Galle fisheries development
The government spent around Rs 120 million for the development of the fisheries sector in the Galle district with the assistance of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) programme being implemented under the Post Tsunami Coastal Rehabilitation and Resources Development Project, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said...
25 Feb -1 March 2013
Manipur: Immediately stop evicting and threatening the floating huts-dwellers of Loktak Lake
Asian Human Rights Commission -- Urgent Appeals Programme. Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-028-2013
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur regarding continued eviction of floating hut dwellers and destruction of their floating huts at Loktak Lake by the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) of the Government of Manipur and Manipur Police on 23 February 2013...
See also: Manipur: Fishers’ union to file contempt of court on Loktak eviction issue
Odisha: Easing the load on women agriculturalists and capacity building of fisherwomen through post-harvest technologies in fisheries
Agriculture supports 43 per cent of the world’s and 62 per cent of India’s economically-active population. From sowing to selling farm products, a woman’s role in this sector is crucial not just in India, but across the globe. In fact, the most labour-intensive work in agriculture like picking of crop, weeding and transplanting paddy are done by women, who face several health problems like backache, headache and swelling of feet due to such strenuous jobs...
Tamil Nadu: Fishermen, farmers oppose thermal plant near Palk Strait
Chennai: Villagers in coastal Ramanathapuram district are mobilising support to oppose the upcoming two units of 800 MW each of a thermal power plant in Uppur close to the sea. Last week, about 500 protestors gathered at the district collector’s office to demand that the plant be scrapped. Speaking at a seminar on environment impact assessment in the city, Ramanathapuram Fishermen Trade Union president A Paulsami said, this plant will be detrimental to the livelihood of fishermen and farmers of 16 villages...
See also: Thermal plants boiling marine life to death
Tamil Nadu: Irula women, farmers reap rich profits from selling sea bass
Padmavathy and Usha sell prawn and sea bass pickles at the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) office here. For these Irula tribeswomen from self-help groups in Pulicat, success is a recent experience. All you have to do is to take a peek into the bill book – in it is written their success story of growing Asian sea bass (koduva) in cages...
See also: Fisheries dept flourishes under CM
Kerala: Centre dragging its feet in Italian marines case: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the government as to why it was “dragging its feet” on the issue of setting up a special court for holding trial of two Italian marines, accused of shooting dead two Indian fishermen. The Supreme Court also took exception to the Centre not following its January 18 direction to consult the Chief Justice of India to set up a special court to try the case. “Why the Centre is dragging its feet? Nobody has made attempt for consultation for setting up of court,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said...
Lakshadweep: HC moved to release illegally detained fishermen
A petition has been filed before the Kerala High Court against the further detention of 14 Pakistani and four Iranian fishermen who were allegedly involved in the Iranian dhow capture case, in the Poojappura central prison. The Indian Navy had arrested the Pakistani and Iranian fisheremen for illegally entering India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in an Iranian dhow...
Goa: Indian naval ship rescues fishing boat in Arabian sea
Mumbai: The Indian Navy carried out a successful search and rescue operation (SAR) saving all the nine crew of a fishing trawler Kadal Matha in the high seas 240 nautical miles north-west of Goa. It acted on a distress message sent by the trawler at 1100 hours on 25 February, and relayed by the Coast Guard Regional Head Quarters (West). The Western Naval Command at Mumbai directed its unit, Indian Naval Ship Nashak, operating near the area to locate and render assistance...
Gujarat: Pakistan to hand over 11 Indian prisoners on Friday
Pakistani authorities will hand over 11 Indian prisoners, including seven fishermen, to Indian authorities at the Wagah land border crossing tomorrow, officials said on Thursday. The seven fishermen were released this morning from a jail in the southern port city of Karachi and sent by bus to Lahore. The four other Indians would be released from jails in Lahore, officials of the Indian High Commission told PTI...
Sri Lanka: Indian Coastguard releases detained fishermen
Twenty-one fishermen detained by the Tamil Nadu Coastguard on the allegation of trespassing will return to the country on February 27. Four fishing vessels seized by the Indian security have also been released with the fishermen. The fishermen and their fishing vessels will be handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy in Kankesanthurai by the Indian Coastguard officers, Fisheries Ministry spokesman D.S. Narendra Rajapaksa told the Sunday Observer yesterday...
Pakistan: 25 Indian fishermen sent to jail for two weeks
Karachi: Judicial Magistrate (West) Azizullah Khoso on Friday ordered 25 Indian fishermen to be sent to prison for 14 days. The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) had arrested the fishermen a day earlier for illegally fishing in Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. They were handed over to the Docks police, who registered a case against them under the Fisheries Act and the Foreigners Act...
Pakistan: EU resumes imports of Pak seafood
Islamabad - In a major development, the European Union has lifted the ban on Pakistan's fish exports after six years that would go a long way toward increasing the country's exports. The ban was clamped on Pakistan exports to the EU in April 2007 owing to poor hygienic conditions. Pakistan lost nearly $50 million worth of market every year since...
Myanmar: Illegal mining and fishing boats destroy Myanmar Sea ecology
Myanmar unchecked industrialization, as well as illegal minings, are taken its toll on Myanmar’s eco system, Deputy Chairman Han Tun of Myanma Fisheries Federation said. Illegal fishing boats from other countries use dynamite for fishing in Myanmar sea and that leads to environmental degradation. Some fishing activities among small islands and coral reef damage the environment, HanTun said. Some fishing methods affect coral reef, grass in sea-bed. Illegal foreign fishing boats also cause the destruction. It is the time to do conservation of the sea, he added that, he added...
Nepal: IB all set to introduce fisheries insurance
Kathmandu: The Insurance Board, the insurance sector regulator, has finalized a policy on fisheries insurance that will soon make it mandatory for all non-life insurance companies to provide coverage to fishes grown in ponds of at least 200 sq m. The measure is expected to provide cushion to fish farmers in case of damages or losses of their products and pave the way for banks and financial institutions to open the floodgates for credit into the sector...
18-22 Feb 2013
Maharashtra: 7 boats from Malpe seized by Maharashtra Coast Guards
Seven deep sea fishing boats and fishermen from Malpe have been held by coast guards at Maharashtra Ratnagiri coast. They were arrested for carrying out fishing activity within 12 nautical miles from the shore. However, Malpe fishermen claimed that they were not fishing in the restricted area and said that the allegations against them were false. "The police have also sold our catch worth several lacs," they alleged...
Goa: Fishermen fight over Island
Two groups of fishermen assaulted each other on a tiny island near St Jacinto island in the River Zuari over jurisdiction issue. PSI Nikhil Palekar said "Both groups are from Sancoale and had arguments over their jurisdiction." A 14-member group headed by Gawda Raju, 51, all related to each other, reached the island at 12.45am on Saturday and spread their net...
Kerala: Fishermen Gherao met centre in city
Fishermen gheraoed the Meteorological Department’s centre in the city on Monday accusing it of not informing them in time about the climate changes which, in turn, causes accidents and deaths in the seas as a result of violent storms. The protest under the leadership of Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation was inaugurated by National Fish Workers’ Forum secretary T Peter...
Karnataka: Fishy dates of birth in MFID given to fishermen
Mangalore: The Marine Fishers Identity (MFID) card issued by the ministry of agriculture to empower Indian fisherman is fraught with error, especially when it comes to the date of birth. MFID is a bio-metric ID card which carries details of fishermen such as photograph, date of birth and finger biometry. The cards are being issued to fishermen in nine coastal states and four union territories...
Tamil Nadu: Plea to stop building seawall, groynes
The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, on Tuesday ordered notices to the Central and State governments on a plea to stop the ongoing construction of “hard” structures, such as seawalls and similar measures that disrupt the natural movement of sand along the coastal areas in the districts of Cuddalore, Villupuram and Puducherry...
Andhra Pradesh: Lankan fishermen's ordeal in Andhra Pradesh
Twenty-one Sri Lankan fishermen who were arrested off the Andhra Pradesh coast, in India complain that they were treated in an inhuman manner by prison officials of the State. They were imprisoned for 14 days on a detention order and were later released by court. They also pointed out that the Indian authorities ought to follow the Sri Lankan practice of releasing those in custody within a few days and deporting them to their respective countries...
West Bengal: PMO directs to curb ships' passage thru' Sundarbans
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked two ministries concerned to save the mangrove forest Sundarbans and its wildlife by curbing the passage of ships through the UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site, official sources said. The PMO recently asked the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) to take necessary steps so that vessels run on a particular route already approved by the MoEF...
Odisha: Measures to facilitate safe nesting put in place and since November, at least 70 boats have been seized and nearly 300 fishermen arrested by the wildlife officials
While nesting of Olive Ridley turtles has occurred way before schedule at Ganjam's Rushikulya river mouth, Gahirmatha, world's largest rookery, is expecting the marine species by month-end. The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Division has already put in place a string of measures to facilitate safe nesting. Going by their position in the sea, the marine turtles are expected for the mass nesting either by end of February or early March...
Manipur: Eviction of Phumdi dwellers from Loktak Lake legal notice served on Ibobi and party
Imphal, February 17, 2013: In connection with the eviction of phumdi dwellers from Loktak Lake, a legal notice has been served on Chief Minister O Ibobi who is also Chairman of the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and three other parties/individuals. In accordance with an order issued by Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench on January 25 last year, the legal notice was served on Ibobi and three other individuals yesterday...
Bihar: Integrated aquaculture for improving productivity
The farmers of Sonmar in Sarai Ranjan block, Samastipur district, Bihar have shown a way for productive utilization of water bodies (called chaurs) into an integrated aquaculture model. The chaurs are spread over 44 hectares and about 43 farmers control their ownership. Till 2008, these chaurs were being utilized for capture of wild fishes...
India: Harekrishna Debnath and Father Thomas Kocherry - Devastating effects of the WTO
By Harekrishna Debnath, World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) and Father Thomas Kocherry, National Alliance of Peoples Movement (NAPM) on the devastating effects of the Worth Trade Organization given October 10, 1999 at Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA...
Shifting Undercurrents: Women seaweed collectors of Gulf of Mannar, India is available on Youtube
The 5000-odd women who free-dive to collect seaweed in the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park off the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu find themselves struggling for their livelihoods now that their activities have been greatly curtailed. The Gulf of Mannar was declared a marine national park in 1986 under India's Wildlife (Protection) Act (WLPA) of 1972, under which resource extraction from national parks is taboo. Since 2000, seaweed collectors and fishers have borne the brunt of the Forest Department's zeal to implement the law...
Nepal: Fish export increases after fisheries programme
Export of fish has been increased considerably after the implementation of the campaign-orientated fisheries programme and the pond construction special plan. According to the Birgunj Customs Office, some 2.6 million kg of fish worth Rs. 184.9 million was exported in the first six months of the current fiscal year. In the same period last year, only 276,970 kg of fish worth. Rs 5.2 million were exported...
Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan, Indian fishermen clash at sea
A group of fishermen from Sri Lanka and India clashed in Sri Lankan waters early Sunday, a navy spokesman said. The clash occurred along the international maritime boundary which divides both countries in the northwestern seas of Mannar, said Sri Lankan navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya. Warnakulasuriya told Xinhua that they had received information about the clash and had sent a navy boat to make inquiries and defuse the situation...
Maldives: Maldives to become UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by 2017
18 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, in response to the Hyderabad Call for Biodiversity Champions in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Government of the Maldives has pledged that the entire country and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will become a UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve by 2017...
11 -15 Feb 2013
Assam: Shifting of wholesale fish market ordered
Guwahati, Feb 11 – The Kamrup (M) district administration has ordered immediate shifting of the wholesale fish market located within the notified land of Borsola Beel to the newly-proposed land in village Saukuchi under Beltola mouza of Dispur revenue circle...
West Bengal: The right bait to catch Hilsa
Hilsa, one of the most sought-after fish, is gradually going beyond reach for the common man because of its dwindling supplies and escalating costs. The indiscriminate exploitation of Hilsa resources – not sparing even the juveniles – and the destruction of its habitats in rivers and coastal waters are among the main reasons for the depletion of the fish stocks, resulting in smaller catches...
Odisha: Ecosystem health report card for Chilika Lake launched
Report by India Education bureau, Bhubaneswar: Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India organized an in International Workshop to develop a scientifically robust “Ecosystem Health Report Card for Chilika Lake” to assess the health of the Chilika lake and suggest possible management response...
Andhra Pradesh: Rising fish prices in Vizag leave a bitter taste
The rise is attributed to falling catch in the sea and the Godavari due to pollution. Steep increase in the prices of various types of fish in the city has left a bitter taste among those who prefer it for its taste, Omega 3 fatty acids and other healthy ingredients. Whether it is MVP Colony, Seethammadhara, Chinawaltair, Asilametta or Thatichetlapalem fish bazaar, the prices have gone up abnormally in the past few weeks...
Tamil Nadu: Soon, review of coastal zones
The Chennai Corporation and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) on Wednesday decided to commence work on identifying authorised and unauthorised buildings in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas. On completion of the study in two months, statutory regulations will be in place and violations of CRZ norms in localities in the Chennai metropolitan area will be under the scanner by April...
Kerala: If convicted, Italian marines can serve jail term at home
The two Italian marines being tried for the alleged murder of two Kerala fishermen last year would have the option, if convicted, of serving their sentence in their home country, thanks to a recent agreement between India and Italy allowing the repatriation of their nationals lodged in the jails of the other country...
Karnataka: Top consumer court backs Karnataka fisherman in insurance claim
New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) A fishing vessel battles the high seas and fails to return to land. A few years later, it is made out that the boat had not sunk but its owner had faked its loss to seek insurance. This argument has been forwarded by an insurance company's lawyer before India's top consumer court, which has dumped the alleged fraud theory and asked the company to compensate the boat's owner Rs.10 lakh...
Goa: Pernem coastal villages move for 'clean' tag
Mapusa: The coastal villages of Pernem taluka are eyeing the tag of 'clean villages' after commissioning of the garbage treatment plant at Pernem. The village panchayats of Morjim, Mandrem, Agarwada, Arambol and Korgao have decided to get their garbage treated at the garbage treatment plant of the Pernem municipality...
Gujarat: Indian Coast Guard intercepts Pakistan boat with seven fishermen
Jamnagar: Seven Pakistani fishermen were apprehended along with their boat by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) off Mitha Port, for illegally entering Indian waters, an official said. "ICG interceptor boat C-401 while on forward area patrol apprehended one Pakistani fishing boat 'Al-Ramzan', along with seven crew members," he said. "The boat was apprehended at a approximately 69 kilometres from Mitha Port, while it was fishing in Indian waters," he said...
India; Shrimp production exceeds target, says MPEDA chief
The three-day Aqua Aquaria India 2013, being organised by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), begins here on Friday at the Loyala College grounds. The expo will be inaugurated by Chief Miister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Union Minister of State for Commerce D. Purandeswari will be the chief guest, according to MPEDA Chairperson Leena Nair...
India: Seafood exporters oppose Government of India notification on deep sea fishing
The Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI) has opposed the January 18 notification of the department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture for operation of deep sea fishing vessels that asks the Indian entrepreneurs to obtain letter of permission for fishing in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of India...
Notifications available at:
New Guidelines for conduct of fishing operation in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone
In addition, the entrepreneurs has to abide by the Guidelines prescribed for operation of deep-sea fishing vessels in the Indian EEZ, dated 18th January, 2013 and provide the undertakings, as required.
India: Indian fisherman feel little pride in nuclear achievements (Film)
French president Francois Hollande is on a trip to India, where he is expected to finalise a deal to build more nuclear power stations. But the former fishermen who lived near India's first nuclear plant, in Tarapur, built in 1969, say it cost them...
Sri Lanka: Indian trawlers hurt northern Sri Lanka livelihoods
Jaffna - Indian trawlers are taking their toll on northern Sri Lanka's fishing sector which is struggling to recover almost four years after a decades-long civil war. "Since the conclusion of the civil war, Indian trawlers have been coming in closer and closer," Maarten Bavinck, director at the Amsterdam-based Centre for Maritime Research, told IRIN, noting that over half of the 5,000 trawlers based in southern India are completely or seasonally dependent on Sri Lankan waters...
Pakistan: Trout Trump the Taliban
The rivers in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province were once thick with trout. Spanning hundreds of kilometres, these water bodies played host to the exotic fish, first introduced by the British in the early 1900s, which eventually became a staple in the diets and livelihoods of the province’s 20 million residents...
Myanmar: Myanmar fishing towns to get net factories
Authorities will allow companies to build fishing net factories in areas with developed fishing business, according to the notification No. 1/2013 released by the Myanmar Investment Commission...
04-08 Feb 2013
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: In any case we will not surrender our land: Gram Vikas Samity
Port Blair: As the process of distributing monetary compensation to tsunami affected farmers had suffered a massive set back in Andaman and Nicobar Islands because of protests by the public, the A & N Administration today made a fresh appeal to tsunami hit farmers for take away the compensation amount. However the Gram Vikas Samity has made it clear that in any cause the farmers will not surrender the tsunami inundated land...
Jammu and Kashmir: Rs. 4.44 crore revenue earned by Fisheries deptt: Manohar
Fishermen to get Rs. 50,000 for construction of house. Minister for Fisheries, Cooperative, Printing & Stationery and Elections, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma took stock of the functioning of department of Fisheries at a meeting of officers Monday. Addressing the meeting, the Minister exhorted upon officers to work with zeal for making fishing a prosperous and progressive industry besides a sport for the tourists of national and international level...
Goa: Indian Navy harrassing fishermen
Porvorim: The allegation in the legislative assembly that naval personnel are harassing fishermen from Vaddem beach and obstructing them from fishing there, prompted chief minister Manohar Parrikar to assure that he would visit the beach and try to sort out the matter...
Karnataka: Karnataka fish body opens one-stop shop for fish delights
‘Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time.’ Inspired by this universally accepted saying, the Karnataka State Fish Cooperative Federation (KSFCF) has proposed about 100 restaurants in the state, keeping in mind the educated unemployed youth belonging to the inland fisherman’s community. The first of its kind, KSFCF inaugurated their maiden store called ‘Matsya Darshini’ at Mysore...
Tamil Nadu: Fishermen, held by Iran, return home
The 26 fishermen from different parts of the district, who were detained by Iran authorities for straying into that country's territorial waters on October 10, 2012, returned to their villages on Tuesday. A total of 29 fishermen, including 26 from Kanyakumari district, two from Thiruvananthapuram and one from Karaikkal, were jailed and some held captive in their boats by Iranian authorities in December while Indian officials negotiated their release...
Tamil Nadu: Sea cucumber recommended for ‘most-endangered’ status
The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has strongly recommended that sea cucumber, a marine organism found in the coral reef areas, be retained in Schedule I Category of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Schedule I contains the list of most endangered species and gives them highest level of protection. The recommendation follows a recent proposal from the Union government to delist a few species of animals, which included the sea cucumber, from the Act...
India: New GOI guidelines for deep sea fishing in Indian EEZ
The Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries being the nodal Department for developing fisheries in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) vide Entry 57 list 1 of Seventh Schedule of the Constitution in exercise of the powers conferred orders hereunder prescribe the new Guidelines for conduct of fishing operation in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. The guidelines will be binding on all deep-sea fishing vessels operating in the Indian EEZ from the date of issue of this order (dated 18th January 2013). The earlier Guidelines prescribed in above regard by this Department are rescinded herewith…
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India: Duty on shrimp: Crucial US decision on Monday
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) will decide on February 11 if it should impose a countervailing duty (CVD) on import of shrimp from seven countries, including India. In the last week of December, the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI), a local body, had filed petitions seeking relief from subsidised shrimp imports from seven countries — China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam...
India: India and Sri Lanka signed two agreements
The Joint Commission noted that both sides are committed to decrease incidents pertaining to fishing on the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Both countries agreed that the use of force could not be justified under any circumstances and reiterated in this regard the importance of continuing to extend humane treatment to all fishermen...
Sri Lanka: Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme in South and Southeast Asia launches series of country surveys
Across South and Southeast Asia, the livelihoods of some 5.6 million coastal small-scale fishers are among the most insecure and vulnerable in the area. The Regional Fisheries Livelihood Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP), funded by the Kingdom of Spain and implemented by FAO, sets out to strengthen capacity among participating small-scale fishing communities and their supporting institutions in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. Baseline surveys have been undertaken for each country. To highlight the key baseline findings and make the survey results more accessible and understandable, graphic summaries of each survey have been produced...
Bangladesh and Myanmar: Refugees boost net profits for fishing village in Bangladesh
Bangladesh – Along one of the world's longest stretches of sandy beach, groups of men brace themselves every night for the adventure ahead. They roll up their longyi, a sarong-like wrap commonly worn in the region, and board boats guided by the moonlight. They leave at midnight when the sea is calmer. Some return by the following afternoon. Others could be at sea for up to 10 days, returning with hauls of fish, crabs, shrimps and other seafood...
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Manipur: Loktak fishermen take their case to NHRC
A joint delegation of All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen's Union and Centre for Organisation Research and Education, (CORE) met Justice KG Balkrishnan, National Human Rights Commission Chairman and former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India on January 22 regarding the complaint and written statements submitted concerning the grievances faced by the Phumdi dwellers of Loktak Lake...
Uttar Pradesh: India urged to re-think huge dam projects
India’s government has proposed building nearly 300 dams throughout the Himalayan range by 2030 to help meet its energy needs, which are under pressure from its booming population and rapid economic growth. This will supplement India’s other energy sources such as nuclear, coal, solar and wind for power generation and energy supply, according to a new study released by a group of scientists at National University of Singapore (NUS)...
Andhra Pradesh: Hike leaves fishermen fuming, boats cut voyage
The steep increase in diesel price has left fishermen red-faced with a call by the Association of Indian Fisheries Industry (AIFI) to mechanised boat operators in the country to terminate their voyage and return to the shore immediately. Fuming with anger, AIFI president Y.G.K. Murti on Saturday rushed to Kolkata to hold meeting with the fishermen leaders in West Bengal and Odisha. “The exorbitant hike in diesel price will paralyse the industry at a time when we are trying to limp back to normalcy,” he said...
Goa: Fish markets to reopen today
With the trawler owners not getting any assurance from the union petroleum ministry, the fish markets are likely to reopen on Thursday. Sources in the federation, however, indicated that the trawler strike had not been withdrawn. The all-Goa fishermen federation called on Union petroleum minister Veerappa Moily and placed before him their grievances seeking relief for trawler owners. Another round of talks is likely to be held on Thursday...
Kerala: Izumo owners to pay Rs. 19.5 lakh compensation to Kerala fishermen
An understanding on compensation has been reached between representatives of the Panamian-flagged Japanese cargo vessel, ‘M V Izumo’ and various unions in connection with the hit-and-run case off the Kozhikode coast on January 16. As per the agreement reached at a meeting at the office of former state industries minister Elamaram Kareem, MLA, in Kozhikode yesterday, the owners of the ship will pay a compensation of Rs 19.5 lakh to the three fishermen who had a miraculous escape after the ship rammed their fishing vessel ‘Al Ameen’, officials said...
India: Fishermen demand subsidy on diesel
A delegation of National Fishworkers Forum on Wednesday met Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily to demand subsidy on diesel to seagoing fishermen who purchase diesel at retail rate at beaches. “The recent price hike of Rs 10 to Rs 15 per litre for bulk purchase of diesel will severely hit the small and traditional fishing communities who collect diesel from the petrol pumps of the marine fisheries cooperative societies...
India, Sri Lanka on a possible agreement on fishing boundary in Palk Strait: Narayanasamy
New Delhi: In a joint venture, both India and Sri Lanka have decided to settle for an agreement, drawing a fishing boundary in the Palk Strait which would possibly bring to a halt the frequent attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the island navy, said Minister of State in PMO V. Narayanasamy. While talking to reporters Narayanasamy said, the proposed agreement has been agreed by both India and Sri Lanka which is in a closing stage...
India: Post-harvest wastage causing Rs 15,000 cr losses to fisheries in India: study
Over-exploitation of coastal waters also leading to fast depletion of maritime resources. Poor post-harvest fish handling infrastructure in major maritime states is causing an annual loss of over Rs 15,000 crore to India’s marine and inland fisheries sector. This is about 25% of the Indian fish and marine industry which is worth over Rs 61,000 crore, according to a study conducted by industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham)...
Nepal: Scientists to boost fish production
Kathmandu: Scientists from Norway, India and Nepal have been exploring fisheries business in the country. They are developing fish varieties suitable to the hills and Terai — southern plain — of Nepal to improve the food security situation in the country. Scientists are exploring different fishery models suitable to the country to increase production, said Prof Dr Subodh Sharma of Kathmandu University. ..
Pakistan: Fish exports falling on post-harvest losses: experts
Karachi: The fisheries resources are depleting in Pakistan at high rate as compared to other coastal countries, and if immediate measures are not taken to address the sector’s issues the economic loss will be irreparable. These were the observations of sector’s stakeholders in a workshop titled “Tuna handling, catch documentation, traceability and quality assessment”...
Bangladesh: Sea change: the Bay of Bengal's vanishing Islands
Rapid erosion and rising sea levels are increasingly threatening the existence of islands off the coast of Bangladesh and India Schoolteacher Nurul Hashem lives in a grass hut set among coconut palms and pine trees, yards from a pristine beach on the sparkling Bay of Bengal. It sounds idyllic, but he longs to return to the island of Kutubdia, 50 miles away, where his family home has been swallowed by ever-rising tides and is now out at sea under several feet of water...
Bangladesh: 11 fishermen hurt, 7 missing
At least seven fishermen have gone missing while 11 were injured in an attack by a band of robbers in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning. Eighteen fishermen were returning to the shores from the deep sea around 10:00am on their fishing boat Senowara-2 when robbers swooped on them and shot rubber bullets indiscriminately...
Myanmar: Fishery industry is facing a critical labour shortage
High wages in Thailand are likely to keep the majority of Myanmar migrant workers here over the next three years, a labour researcher says. While Myanmar is currently taking steps toward democratisation and a freer market, finding good jobs there remains difficult, Premjai Wangsiripaisarn of the Asian Research Centre for Migration at Chulalongkorn University's Institute of Asian Studies said...