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Bangladesh: Focus on harnessing blue economy‚Äôs potential by Doulot Akter Mala February 07,2020   |  Source: The Financial Express

The proposed marine fisheries act has focused on the blue economy with incorporating a number of issues including mariculture. Its new provision will also empower the government to check illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing vessels, both local and foreign, in the country's territorial waters. The Marine Fisheries Bill-2020 was placed before parliament on January 29 this year. The new Marine Fisheries Act-2020 will replace "Marine Fisheries Ordnance-1983." With new IUU provision, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock will be empowered to monitor, control and oversee maximum sustainable yield, determine allowable catch and hoarding limit and carry out survey on fish resources.

Towfiqul Arif, joint secretary (blue economy) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, said there was no legal provision in the existing ordinance to issue order or directives to check illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. "Incorporation of IUU and mariculture would help the country to tap the potential of blue economy," he said. The issues relating to the blue economy don't exist in the current ordinance, he said. In the third ministerial conference of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on the blue economy held in the city in September last, the member countries expressed their

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