Comprehensive fisheries policy for uplift of development in fishery sector in offing

‘Stakeholders Meet’ on development of tuna fisheries
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Port Blair
8 Jul 2017

A Stakeholders Meet on ‘Development of Tuna Fisheries in Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ was held at Kochi based ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology on the behest of Andaman and Nicobar Administration today. 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, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri  Anindo Mazumdar, highlighted the importance of fishery for the economic growth of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He said that A&N Island being endowed with unexploited abundant marine fishery resources is still a virgin place for the investors and emerging entrepreneurs to come forward and take advantage of tuna and other resources of the Islands. “Port Blair is now well-connected with 16 flights every day with mainland and steps have already been initiated for launching of high speed internet connectivity in the Islands”, he said, assuring the participants that A&N Administration will provide single window clearance for interested entrepreneurs. He also said 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, the Secretary (Fishery), A&N Administration, Shri Ramesh Verma, in his welcome address mentioned about the umpteen opportunities for large scale investments in fisheries sector in A&N Islands and ensured all possible support to the entrepreneurs for start-up business in the Islands.
Dr S Dam Roy, Director, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair in his presentation gave overall  scenario of fisheries resource available in the Islands, particularly about the under exploited straddling tuna resources. He emphasized upon increasing fishing capacity, setting up of seafood processing facilities and encouraging direct exporting for the development of the sector. He also mentioned about the activities taken up by the Department of Fisheries, A&N Islands for fisheries development.
Dr. Mohan Joseph Modayil, Former Director, ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi enlightened on the outlook required for tuna fisheries development in the Islands in which context he pointed out the need for fisheries resource stock assessment and required infrastructure development in A&N Islands. He also stressed on the requirement for single window clearance for the interested entrepreneurs and the need for deploying fishing fleets to exploit the fisheries resources of the Islands.
Congratulating the efforts of Andaman and Nicobar Administration for conducting the stakeholders meet in the fisheries capital of India; 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 initiative.
The inaugural function was followed by interactive session, which was attended by more than 130 stakeholders comprising of investors, fish-processors, entrepreneurs, and progressive fishermen from different coastal states namely Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala etc. along with officials from A&N Administration, line departments of Kerala, MPEDA, MATSYAFED, ANIIDCO, NABARD, ICAR-CIFT and ICAR-CMFRI. The Stakeholders meet came to an end with vote of thanks, Proposed by Shri J Chandrashekar, Director of Fisheries, A&N Administration.
                During the interactive session, various concerns raised by the prospective investors related to administrative support and vessel management facilities, issues related to resources availability like required amount of quality ice, water, power, berthing and repair facilities for vessels, by-catch processing facilities etc. were discussed in detail. Lastly, while summing up the deliberation, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration assured that all possible infrastructures will be developed in phased manner and urged the prospective investors to extend all possible cooperation for the development of fisheries in the Islands.