Govt set to pass National Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill 2019

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MANGALURU The Union government is expected to pass the National Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill 2019 for regulation and management of fisheries and fishing related activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India and Indian fishing vessels in the high seas.
Dr Pravin Puthran, assistant director-general (marine fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi, told TOI on the sidelines of the stakeholders meeting organised at the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMRFI), Mangaluru Research Centre on Friday said that ICAR has also made suggestions for the formation of the bill.
The bill will be for responsible and long-term sustainable and optimal utilisation of marine fish resources; ensuring monitoring, control and surveillance; supporting safety and security of fishermen at sea; protecting livelihoods of traditional and small-scale fishermen; protection of biodiversity in the marine ecosystems; promotion of fishery conservation and management measures. “The bill will regulate fishery activities between 12 nautical miles and 200 nautical miles,” he said.
CMFRI is one of the eight fisheries institutes under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and has played a key role in research and development activities in marine fisheries during the last seven decades. The research outcome of the institute has formed the basis of appropriate resource management policies and strategies to sustain marine fish production of the country. The institute has been responsible for developing a time-series database on marine fish production from the EEZ of the country. The biological information of commercially important species of finfish and shellfish, their distribution, abundance, potential yield and stock assessment are important inputs for formulating management measures for sustainable fish production.

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