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India: NPSSFW makes urgent request to intervene on the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021 July 21,2021   |  Source: NPSSFW

The Department of Fisheries, Government of India plans to introduce the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill 2021 in the current monsoon session of the Parliament. It is different from the Draft National Marine Fisheries (Regulation & Management) Bill, 2019 published and placed for public comments. The Indian Marine Fisheries Bill 2021 to be introduced in the current monsoon session of Lok Sabha has not been subjected to public comments or stakeholders' consultations.

In these circumstances, NPSSFW has written to all Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) requesting urgent intervention to ensure stakeholders' consultations in finalisation of the draft, inclusion of small scale fish workers' concerns in the draft including their right of participation in implementation of the proposed act.

The main issues raised by NPSSFW have been -

1. Centrality of fishers and fish workers: The draft Bill misses the centrality of fishers and fish workers in the regulation and management the marine fisheries, since there is absolutely no scope of their participation in the implementation of this bill. This includes enforcement of regulations, Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, information collection and dissemination and management plans.

2. Dichotomy of vessel licensing and registration

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