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Live Painting Event on World Food Day (Art Exhibition on 16 October 2011 at Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai)

Twenty-one budding artists, pursuing their degrees from eminent Indian Art Institutions in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karnataka, exhibited their painting skills in the ‘Live Painting Event’ coinciding with the Art Exhibition on 16 October 2011 at Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai. Using different media, these young artists painted the lives and livelihoods of fisherfolk and their environment. Each artworks are tribute to the brave fishers who toil against all odds to harvest nutritious fish food from the oceans.

Life After Tsunami (Paintings by children)

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The trauma of tsunami has inspired some remarkable child art. The beautiful paintings drawn by children depict their reactions to a catastrophe like tsunami and how they view their immediate environment and the world after the December 2004 Asian tsunami. Some 280 children from 85 schools of coastal Tamil Nadu (India), Maldives and Sri Lanka took part in the six on-the-spot art contests organized by the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation during August-December 2005. The theme of the contest was “Life after Tsunami”.

Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

The Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) is one of the most important international instruments devised for the management of the living aquatic resources of our planet. This landmark instrument is voluntary, standard-setting and is directed at everyone engaged in the conservation, management and development of fisheries. It aims at establishing principles and standards of behavior for responsible fisheries and aquaculture practices. The 12 drawings made by S Jayaraj, Publications Officer, BOBP-IGO depict important themes of the CCRF and their implementation by the stakeholders.

Safety at Sea

Fishers who go out to sea risk death, injury, permanent disability, ill-health, emotional trauma – their occupation is by far the world’s most dangerous occupation.How can we help? Experts suggest a slew of measures. The aim: prevention, awareness, mitigation.The 12 attractive sketches, which form a part of the BOBP-IGO’s 2008 table calendar, focus on the health and safety of fishers.The credits for the drawings go to S Jayaraj.

Emerging issues in fisheries

More than 41 million fishers and fish farmers, most of them from Asia, produce annually about 142 million metric tonnes of fish – a major source of food, nutrition and livelihoods for the world’s 6.5 billion people. But fishers and fisheries are today in crisis, because of resource depletion, falling catches, pollution and other problems. These need to be tackled through systematic management, scientific studies, better governance and global co-operation. The drawings (by S Jayaraj) in the 2009 BOPBP-IGO’s table calendar highlight some of the emerging issues in fisheries through words and sketches.

Fishers of the bay: Faces of fortitude

Fishers in the Bay of Bengal face foes on both sea and land. Their boats are small, they battle rough seas, and they risk injury and even loss of life. On land, the problems of daily living are formidable, but the fishers – men and women – meet them with stoic courage. A few have overcome all odds to rise out of poverty, serving as an inspiration to others. The paintings (by S Jayaraj) depicted in the 2010 BOBP-IGO’s calendar present the many faces and moods – pensive, feisty, serious – of the fishing community from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. These painting are based on photographs taken by Y S Yadava, Director, BOBP-IGO and S Jayaraj.

Fishing Crafts of the Bay of Bengal

The kattumarams, teppas and masulas of India, the chandis of Bangladesh, the graceful orus of Sri Lanka, the dhonis of the Maldives – they embody tradition, functionality, diversity and beauty. Despite limitations in catching and carrying capacity, these crafts capture the bulk of the fish catch in the Bay of Bengal and sustain a few million fishermen – and women from fishing communities who market the catch. The drawings in the BOBP-IGO’s 2011 table calendar provide glimpses into these crafts, which have been active for centuries and may well be around a few more. The drawings were made by S Jayaraj from photographs drawn from the photo-archives of the BOBP-IGO.

Save the Sharks (Paintings by children)

In Maldives, shark fishing has given rise to conflicts with the tourism industry and the tuna pole and line industry, the two major income earners in the country. In an attempt to reduce these conflicts and also protect the shark resources, the Government of Maldives (Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture) has imposed ban on shark fishing from early 2010. In an attempt to further promote conservation of sharks, the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Government of Maldives, on 10 August 2009, conducted an art competition for school students from nearby Islands of Kuldhuffushi, Maldives. These Islands were once famous for the shark fishery in Maldives.

Save Biodiversity (Paintings by children)

The 2010 International Year of Biodiversity is a global attempt to draw the attention of one and all on the importance of protection of biodiversity. Some 81 school children from 2 localities in Chittagong (Chittagong City and Sitakund Upazila) took part in an on-the-spot art contest on 18 December 2010 organized by the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation and the Marine Fisheries Office of the Department of Fisheries, Government of Bangladesh.


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