8th July 2017, Kochi
A Stakeholders Meet on Development of Tuna Fisheries in Andaman and Nicobar Islands was held ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi today on the behest of Andaman and Nicobar Administration. The event was organized by Andaman& Nicobar Administration and ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair in association with ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Kochi and ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi.
Presiding over the programme, Shri AnindoMazumdar, IAS, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration highlighted the importance of fishery for the economic growth of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He said that A&N islands being endowed with unexploited abundant marine fishery resources, is a virgin place for the Investors and emerging entrepreneursto come forward to take advantage of tunaand other fishery resources of the Islands.Port Blair is now well connected with 16 flights every day with main land and steps have already been initiated for launching of high speed internet connectivity in the Islands, he said. During his deliberation, he assured the participants that A&N Administration will provide single window clearance for interested entreprenuersand mentioned that the A&N administration will come out with a comprehensive fisheries policy for the livelihood development in fishery sector and expressed his interest in developing a fishery industrial park to facilitate tuna fisheries development in the Islands.
At the outset, Shri Ramesh Verma, IAS, Secretary (Fishery), A&N Administration in his welcome address mentioned about the umpteen opportunities for large scale investments in fisheries sector in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and ensured all possible support to the entreprenuers for start-up business in the Islands.
Dr S Dam Roy, Director, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blairbriefed about overall scenario of fisheries resource available in the Islands and in particular about the under exploited straddling tuna resources.He emphasizedupon increasing fishing capacity, setting up of seafood processing facilities and encouraging direct exporting for the development of the sector.He also mentioned in detail about the activities taken up by the department of fisheries, Andaman and Nicobar Islands for fisheries development.
Dr. Mohan Joseph Modayil, Former Memebr, ASRB and Director, ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi enlightened on the outlook required for tuna fisheries development in the Islandsin which context he pointed out the need for fisheries resource stock assessment and required infrastructure developmentin Andaman and Nicobar Islands.He also stressed on the requirement for single window clearance for the interested entrepreneurs and the need for deploying >20 OAL fishing fleets to exploit the fisheries resources of the Islands.
Dr. C. N.Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi highlighted the harvest and post-harvest fishery technologies developed by the institute, which can be a path finder for this kind of initiativetaken by A&N Administration.
The inaugural function was followed by an interactive session, which was attended by more than 130 stakeholders comprising of investors, fish-processors, entrepreneurs, progressive fishermen from different coastal states namely Gujrat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala etc. along with officials and scientists from A&N Administration, line departments of Kerala, MPEDA, MATSYAFED, ANIIDCO, NABARD, NIPHAT, ICAR-CIFT and ICAR-CMFRI.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi)