India is for formulating a uniform law for development and management of fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the country. The uniform fishing law is being considered in accordance with the recommendations of the National Policy on Marine Fisheries, 2017.
This was announced by Union Minister for Fisheries Giriraj Singh in the Lok Sabha. Apart from the Uniform law, the country is also seriously thinking to set up a platform for fish exports, which is aimed at eliminating middlemen. Minister of State for Fisheries P C Sarangi told the Lok Sabha about the unique platform for fish trading.
The EEZ falls between 12 nautical miles and 200 nautical miles from the cost.
Giriraj Singh also told the parliament that the respective State Marine Fishing Regulation Acts protected and regulated the fishery resources in the territorial waters and the Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981, regulated fishing by foreign fishing vessels in the maritime zones of India.
He also told the House that fish production increased by 6.6 per cent to 134.22 lakh tonnes (It) in 2018-19. In 2017-18, the fish production was, as against 125.9 Lakh Tonnes.