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Kerala: Has halted decline in fish landings December 02,2019   |  Source: The Hindu Business Line

Kerala could halt the decline in marine fish landings because of the measures adopted for the conservation and sustainable development of fish resources, Fisheries Minister J Mercikutty Amma has said. The marine fish landings, which was 4.84 lakh tonnes in 2016-17, have shown a perceptible improvement to reach a figure of 6.09 lakh tonnes in 2018-19 following the initiatives taken in consultation with scientific communities.

Global meet

The growth assumes significance at a time when marine catches globally are decreasing, the Minister said and attributed the increase of marine fishery wealth to tight implementation of trawling ban, registration and licensing of fishing vessels, ban on juvenile fishing, regulation of mesh size fishing gears etc. The Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the international conference on blue economy – Aquabe 2019 – organised by Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies here.

At a different function, the Minister pointed out that the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member countries can emulate the initiatives of the Kerala government to sustain the marine fishery resources in their countries. She was inaugurating the second Somalia and Yemen Development Programme (SDPY2) organised by IORA, the Union government

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