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Ocean science meet to discuss utilising resources

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on February 05, 2015

Rapid commercialisation of the ocean sector with little regard to ecology is a major threat to marine ecosystem and the very existence of mankind, said Kerala Governor P Sathasivam .

Inaugurating the maiden World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) here on Thursday, he said that increased commercialisation had affected the livelihood of the fishing community, who have even been forced to move out of their habitat of late.

“Commercialisation is also a threat to maritime culture and traditions,” he said, lamenting that the Indian Ocean remains “the least understood and managed oceans in the world” despite it being the most productive of all.

“Effective management of the ocean and its resources is a challenging task due to lack of regional co-operation, increasing population in coastal areas and socio-economic conditions,” he added.

The Governor said that the four-day Congress would be a “perfect platform” for various stakeholders to come together to discuss issues related to protection of marine life and changing environment patterns.

Kerala Fisheries Minister K Babu said the recent report on deep-sea fishing policy would impact the livelihood of fishing community, especially for those in Kerala. The Centre should review the policy, he said while delivering the presidential address.

The WOSC, jointly organised by Swadeshi Science Movement, Vijnana Bharati-Kerala chapter and Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies will discuss ways and means to use ocean resources for improving our economic growth without disrupting the ocean life and environment.

Published on February 05, 2015

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