INDIA: National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI Aayog) has requested the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to develop programmes for the development of marine fisheries in the country.
To carry out the project, the CMFRI director A Gopalakrishnan has been asked to make a National Marine Fisheries Index in order to create a comparative picture of marine fisheries development across the maritime states, including the islands.
In addition, NITI Aayog N Manash Choudhury has asked the CMFRI to develop National Marine Fisheries Action Plan covering all the maritime coast states as well as the islands. This plan will be coordinated with 'Sagarmala'- a programme aimed to boost the blue economic growth centring the improvement in coastal logistics, skill development, among others.
Choudhury clarified that the action plan needs to be prepared based on the prospects and limitations of marine living resources and environmental factors prevailing in coastal states, adding that CMFRI could identify the reasons for underutilisation of the potential of promising areas in the sector in each state and in island.
"Large scale investments are required to fully exploit the potential of marine fisheries resources available in the sector, giving due weightage to sustainable growth. The CMFRI may find ways and means to overcome the impediments, which limit the private investments in mariculture and similar activities," he said.
In his view, the Institute should take steps to estimate the farm-level economics of cage fish farming, adding that by 2022, it is expected to produce 400,000 tonnes of fish through cage fish farming, subject to the translation and adoption of technology to its potential.