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India Aims To Increase Marine Fish Catch In 2011-12

by the Fish Site Editor
12 October 2011, at 1:00am

INDIA - Concerned over depleting marine catches mainly due to weak presence in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and high seas, India is working on the harmonised development of the coastal and deep sea sectors to enhance marine capture fisheries to three million tonnes in the 2011-12 fiscal year.

TheEconomicTimes reports that the present annual production of marine fisheries is 2.96 million tonnes, according to official sources.

Marine fishing policy aims to increase marine fish production of the country up to the sustainable level in a responsible manner so as to boost seafood exports from the country, a senior officer of Department of Fishery under Union Agriculture ministry said.

The planned strategy for boosting marine fishery includes regulated fishing and capacity management in the mechanised sector and diversified fishing in deep sea and oceanic resources, the officer added.

A sum of Rs 350 crore has been earmarked in the 11th Plan for marine fisheries infrastructure and post-harvest operations.

Highlighting the marine fisheries scenario, the official identified weak presence in the EEZ and high seas and over fishing in coastal waters.

Under the law of the sea, an EEZ is a seazone over which a state has special rights over the exploration and use of marine resources, including production of energy from water and wind.

It stretches from the seaward edge of the state's territorial sea out to 200 nautical miles from its coast. In casual usage, the term may include the territorial sea and even the continental shelf beyond the 200-mile limit.

There is a need for rationalisation of restricted zones along coast for fisheries and aquaculture, the officer said, pointing towards areas needing attention for boosting marine fish catch.

the Fish Site Editor