Awareness among trawl boat operators
An awareness programme on ‘Fishing capacity management of trawl fishery’ was conducted on 28 March, 2018 at Cochin Fisheries Harbour, Thoppampady, Ernakulam district as part of the institute project titled, ‘Modelling studies for estimation of revenue based capacity and valuation of selected fishing systems and fish supply chain analysis’. Dr. V.K. Sajesh, Scientist welcomed the gathering and Smt.P. Jeyanthi, Scientist explained on the importance of the project. Dr. M.P. Remesan, Principal Scientist delivered a talk on ‘Plastic menace and it’s ill effectsat sea’and discussed about the technological intervention to reduce the hazard. In recent times, over-fishing and unscientific fishing activities have resulted in some kind of climatic changes which ends up with irreversible effects in fishery. Expressing concern over the dwindling fisheries resources and their possible reasons, he highlighted that plastic ultimately affects the sea bottom and the flora and fauna population resulting in deterioration of fisheries resources. A demonstration on collection of waste in sea and bringing back to shore using net bag was conducted to sensitize the trawl boat operators. The programme was very interesting which created an awareness among the fishermen towards fishing capacity management and fish supply chain analysis.