Indian Navy equipped with ICAR-CMFRI developed GIS-based database - ensures security of fishermen at sea
In a major development in ensuring security at the sea, the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi has developed a GIS-based database about the marine fish landing centres along the Indian coast. The ICAR-CMFRI prepared the inventory of all the fish landing centres in the country, describing their GIS (Geographic Information System) location, types of fishing activity, seasonality of fishing and the extend of fishing operations from each fishing centres. Dr. A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI transferred the database to the Indian Navy to make the security measures in coastal regions easier.
A team of Scientists, comprising of 22 scientists and 85 other staff, led by Dr A P Dineshbabu, Principal Scientist at the Mangalore Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI prepared the inventory. The information about the landing centres and operational area of fishing will be useful in efficient marine spatial planning of various activities in the sea by protecting the security and livelihood concerns of the fisher folk along Indian coast.