In Deep Waters : Sustaining India’s Marine Fisheries in a multistakeholder, multi-species, multi-fleet scenario

Akhilesh, K V and Muktha, M and Shinoj, P and Zacharia, P U (2018) In Deep Waters : Sustaining India’s Marine Fisheries in a multistakeholder, multi-species, multi-fleet scenario. In: IUCN Symposium and Red List Assessment, 24-28 September 2018, Universiti Malaysia Terrenganu Malaysia.

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    Abstract

    Indian marine fisheries generated nearly $7.08 billion in 2017 through export and provided livelihood for 14 million people of the country. Till early 1980’s marine fisheries sector of the country was an open access fishery which slowly changed to restricted access fishery with introduction of Marine Fisheries Regulation Acts (MFRA) with some temporal and spatial restrictions to fishing. India’s marine fisheries sector is dominated (63%), by the small-scale sector in fleet number on which about 70% active fishermen depend for sustaining their livelihoods. However, the sector is facing multiple challenges stemming from unsustainable fishing practices, habitat degradation due to coastal pollution and conflicts among its diverse stakeholders. Increase in number of fishing crafts, extension of fishing grounds and improved technological efficiency of fishing gears has to a certain extent masked the progressive creep of un-sustainability in India’s marine fisheries sector. Marine fishermen of the country are competing with each other over limited, marine resources. This situation is exacerbated by the limited enforcement of regulations and ineffective monitoring mechanisms.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustaining India’s Marine Fisheries; Redlist assessment; IUCN
    Subjects: Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Conservation
    Divisions: CMFRI-Mumbai
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 09:52
    Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 09:52
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/13047

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