National Marine Fisheries Census - 2016 from Feb 1

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, a research body under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR-CMFRI), will begin the month-long National Marine Fisheries Census - 2016 from February 1 in all maritime states and two Union Territories of the country.

The island regions of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep will be enumerated under the supervision of Fishery Survey of India. The marine fisheries census is for a duration of 30 days with a total expenditure of Rs 3.8 crores.

A press release from CMFRI, Mangaluru, said the census includes collecting information about marine fishermen families, fishing crafts and gears, social and educational profile and demographic features of marine fishing villages. The last census was conducted in 2010.

This exercise, funded by Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India is being coordinated by the staff of the regional, research, field centres and headquarters of ICAR-CMFRI located along the maritime coast of the country.

About 3,000 enumerators trained by the ICAR-CMFRI officials will visit 11 lakh fishermen families spread across 4,250 marine fishing villages located in 73 districts to collect the details. The entire process would be monitored and supervised by around 220 officials of ICAR-CMFRI posted at the 26 centres.

The release stated that the enumerators would be given schedules formatted to collect details pertaining to social, educational, fishing infrastructure aspects of marine fisher families. The schedules devised to collect information pertaining to each household on the above said details along side specific fishing occupation particulars such as fishing, processing, handling, marketing and value addition.

The schedules used at the household-level have been translated into eight regional languages for ease of use in various provinces. The data would be analysed by the scientists of ICAR-CMFRI to develop a comprehensive census database, which would be helpful in facilitating formulation of fisheries related plans and policies in the marine sector, said the release.

The authorities have sought cooperation of all people associated with marine fisheries for successful completion of the marine fisheries census.

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