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India: Important Facts! National Marine Fisheries Bill which Every Fisher Should Know June 30,2020   |  Source: Krishijagran

Marine fishery contributes to the food security, nutrition, poverty alleviation, trade and livelihoods of fishermen. In 2017, Government of India (GOI) notified the ‘National policy on Marine Fisheries’ (NPMF, 2017), which provides guidelines for ‘Blue Revolution’ by sustainable use of fisheries wealth of the country for improving the livelihood of fishermen and their families.

The Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill, 2019

Aims to provide for regulation and management of fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India and the high seas and for conservation and sustainable use of marine fisheries resources; maintenance of law and order in the maritime zone of India; supporting social security, livelihoods and safety at sea of fishers and fish-worers, in particular the traditional and small-scale fishers, and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

Key points of the Bill

- The Bill aims at nationalizing the EEZ, thus?prohibits fishing by foreign fishing vessels
- The fishing vessel must be registered under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958, so as to get permit for fishing
- Proposes?social security for fish workers?and calls for?protection of life at sea?during severe weather events
- Bigger vessels, particularly

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