By Anupama Vasudev
Aimed at effective management and conservation of marine resources, the Kerala government has constituted the State Fisheries Management Council, which is one of the key components of the Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act.
Considered to be a significant step in management and surveillance of marine fisheries, the government has constituted the council with the Director of Fisheries as chairman, Additional Director of Fisheries as Vice Chairman and 16 members.
The government has issued a notification in this regard in the first week of March.
As per the provision of the Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, the State Fisheries Management Council should have to be formed for the effective management and surveillance of marine fisheries and for effectively carrying out the provisions of the said Act.
The council will also lead to dialogues and discussions for ensuring sustainable fishing in a democratic way. A participatory management of marine resources is known to address an effective coastal resources management and look into the requirements for sustainability, equity and efficiency in fisheries.
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Director, Central Institute of Fishing Technology Director, Fisheries Survey of India Zonal Director, Former Joint Director of Fisheries T D Velayudhan, Kerala Samsthana Matsyathozhilali Federation (CITU) P P Chitaranjan, Matsyathozhilali Federation (AITUC) T J Anjalose, Matsyathozhilali Congress president R Ausitn Gomas, Matsyathozhilali Federation (STU) president Ummer Ottummalm, Bhatratiya Matsyapravarthaka Sangam general secretary K R Rajaneesh Babu, All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators Association general secretary Joseph Xavier Kalappurakkal, SEAL local chapter president Alex K Ninan, Dr K Sunil Muhammed, representatives of the Coast guard and marine products export development Authority, Joint director of fisheries and Deputy director of Fisheries are the members of the State Fisheries Management Council.