Round Table Meet for International Collaboration on Fisheries

  • The International Round Table Meet was led by Union Fisheries Minister Mr Parshottam Rupala.
  • During the Global Fisheries Conference India 2023.

Key points:

  • The GPS systems should be made user-friendly to the fishermen, utilising global expertise and technologies.
  • Cost-effective and reliable technologies are essential for marine navigation.
  • Global data exchange programmes to enhance the quality and availability of fisheries data, providing a comprehensive understanding of fish stocks, migration patterns, and ecosystem dynamics”.
  • Need to harmonize fishing and aquaculture practices with environmental sustainability.

Participants:

  • Ministers of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Dr L Murugan.
  • Union Fisheries Secretary, Dr Abhilaksh Likhi.
  • Ambassadors from Greece, and Angola.
  • Diplomatic delegation from Australia, Brazil, France, Norway, Russia, and Zimbabwe.
  • State Fisheries Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
  • Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO), GiZ.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • Senior officials of the Department of Fisheries, Govt of India.
  • Senior officers of State Fisheries Departments.
  • Heads of various research and development agencies.

Key areas needed for Global collaboration:

  • Enhancing fisheries production targeting food and nutritional security.
  • Strengthening of aquaculture to combat human hunger.
  • Sustainable utilisation of the resources in the fisheries sector.
  • Development of deep-sea fishing.
  • A new Aqua Park will be built in Haryana.
  • The State Minister invited investors to participate in this development.

Foreign Diplomats’ Interest in India:

  • Research.
  • Data collection.
  • Resource monitoring.
  • Technology backstopping.
  • A key discussion was about collaboration with research institutions, universities and international organisations to research sustainable fishing practices, aquaculture technologies and resource management.
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