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Niti Aayog urges fisheries institute to initiate programmes to develop sector

V. Sajeev Kumar Kochi | Updated on January 11, 2018

Manash Choudhury, Deputy Advisor (Fisheries), NITI Aayog, has requested the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to initiate a slew of programmes for the development of marine fisheries of the country.

During an interaction with A. Gopalakrishnan, CMFRI Director, he urged the institute to make a National Marine Fisheries Index (NMFI) in order to derive a comparative picture of marine fisheries development across the maritime states, including the Andaman and Lakshadweep islands.

Choudhury called upon CMFRI to formulate a National Marine Fisheries Action Plan (NMFAP) covering all the maritime states and the islands in alignment with the ‘Sagarmala’ programme introduced by the Centre to boost blue economic growth based on the improvement of coastal logistics and skill development.

The action plan needs to be prepared based on the prospects and limitations of marine living resources and environmental factors prevailing in coastal states, he said, adding that CMFRI could identify the reasons for under-utilisation of the potential of promising areas in the sector in each state and the islands.

Large-scale investments are required to fully exploit the potential of marine fisheries resources available in the sector, giving due weightage to sustainable growth. CMFRI may find ways and means to overcome impediments, which limit the private investments in mariculture and similar activities, Choudhury said.

Published on July 18, 2017

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