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Appeal of the Director, Department of Environment for the World Fisheries Day - November 21, 2019

World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st of September every year. Fisheries have emerged as a prime source of food production sector of the State contributing to the livelihood as well as food security of a large section of the people. Fishing activity, starting as a traditional livelihood activity in early fifties has now transformed into marketable enterprise contributing to the State and National economy, livelihood and nutritional security, rural employment generation and foreign exchange earnings significantly.
The World Fisheries Day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water.  Fish forms an important part of the diets of people around the world, particularly those that live near rivers, coasts and other water bodies. A number of traditional societies and communities are rallied around the occupation of fishing. Fisherfolk communities organize rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programs, dramas, exhibition, music show, and demonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries.
*     Small-scale fisheries (marine and inland) employ about 90 percent of those involved      in fisheries.
*    Around 30 million to over 60 million people in the developing world are involved in        inland fisheries.
*     More than 25% of the world’s dietary protein is provided by fish.
*     The human population consumes over 100 million tons of fish annually.
Tamil Nadu is one of the leading States in India showing steady increase in fish production and optimum utilization of resources. Tamil Nadu is pioneering many innovative developmental and welfare schemes. The Government is committed to protecting the traditional fishing rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen, diversifying them to deep sea fishing, providing infrastructure facilities such as construction of fishing harbours / fish landing centres, marketing infrastructure, implementing innovative schemes such as conversion/purchase of new mechanized fishing vessels for Tuna fishing, establishing Fish Processing Parks in the coastal districts, deployment of artificial reefs, providing Seamless communication facilities to marine fishermen etc., restoration/ rehabilitation of water bodies, promoting fish seed production / seed rearing centres both in Government and private sector, integrating aquaculture in farm ponds, cage culture and leasing of fishing rights of reservoirs have been given top priority and are implemented to enhance fish production in Inland sector.
As a mark of “World Fisheries Day” the Director, Department of Environment urges the general public to conserve both the inland and marine fisheries. This celebration serves as an important reminder that we must focus on changing the way the world manages global fisheries to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy oceans ecosystems.   

Director of Environment