National Seminar on Steps to Reduce Juvenile Incidence in Fisheries

25th March 2017, Cochin

National Seminar on Steps to Reduce Juvenile Incidence in FisheriesICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT), Cochin and The Society of Fisheries Technologists (India), Cochin  jointly organized an one-day National Seminar on “Mitigating Juvenile Incidence in Fishing: the way forward” at ICAR-CIFT, Cochin on 25th March 2017.

The Seminar provided a platform to discuss various issues related to the resource status, incidence of juveniles in fishing systems and its impact on biodiversity and legislation to control juvenile fishing. The Seminar also highlighted the success stories on the implementation of minimum legal size for fish landings in Kerala and also discussed the steps to mitigate juvenile occurrence in fishing gears operated in marine and inland waters using gear based technical measures.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Karthikeyan  , IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala   Stressed that the technologies for bycatch reduction should make economic sense to the fishermen Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT, Cochin chair the inaugural session. The inaugural session was followed by the technical sessions which was chaired by Dr. M.R. Boopendranath, Principal Scientist (Retd.), ICAR-CIFT, Cochin. A total of six papers were presented during the Seminar which covered the Status of the marine resources, Biodiversity issues in capture fisheries, Bycatch issues in Hilsa fishery, Legislations to control juvenile incidence, Case study on the implementation of minimum legal mesh size in Kerala and The gear- based technical measures to reduce juvenile incidence in fishing gears. Researchers, academicians, policy makers, leaders of the fishermen community and students attended the technical sessions.

(Source: ICAR-CIFT, Cochin)