Bi-National Workshop on Small
Fishing Vessel Safety 9 July 2008, Chennai, India
The Bi-National Workshop on Small Fishing Vessel Safety (BNW-SFVS)
was held in Chennai, India, on 09 July 2008. It was organised
jointly by the FAO, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA),
the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Alaska,
USA (NIOSH) and the BOBP-IGO. Taking part were 18 delegates from the
FAO, SIDA, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and NIOSH;
the two countries concerned, India and Sri Lanka; representatives of
boatbuilders; and the BOBP-IGO secretariat.
The workshop discussed safety issues resulting from the motorization
of small fishing craft and the construction of FRP fishing vessels
in India and Sri Lanka. A draft Technical Guideline for FRP fishing
craft in India and Sri Lanka was presented, a simplified and adapted
version of Canadian standards for safety of small vessels, and an
FAO/IMO document on the same subject.
The workshop recommended that fishing craft should be classified on
the basis of their area of operation (inshore, offshore, oceanic,
etc) and the height of the wave they faced and not on the
traditional length of the fishing vessel and the use of engine. The
workshop also recommended strict quality control measures for FRP
boatyards and fishing vessels.
National Workshop on
Monitoring, Control and Surveillance 1-2 Dec. 2008, Chennai, India
The National Workshop on Monitoring
Control and Surveillance to design an Action Plan for implementation
of MCS in India was held on 1-2 December 2008 in Chennai. It was
jointly organised by the Government of India and BOBP-IGO.
Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Planning
Commission of the Government of India, the Coast Guard, the
Mercantile Marine Department, the Department of Fisheries of the
coastal states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West
Bengal and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry,
took part, along with representatives from fisher groups and a
representative of the FAO.
The workshop reviewed the status of fisheries resources in India and
of the coastal states and Union Territories. It discussed in detail
such issues as (i) registration and licensing of fishing
boats, demarcation of zones, colour coding, communication and
surveillance infrastructure; (ii) estimation of fishing
capacity, maximum sustainable yield and optimization of fishing
fleet; (iii) governance, policy and legislative support to
MCS; and (iv) human resource development and (v) the
role of non-governmental and community-based organizations in MCS.
On the basis of the deliberations, an Action Plan was prepared to be
considered by the Government of India. The Action Plan urged
validation of resource stocks, streamlining of registration and
licensing procedures, regularization of data collection procedure,
training of government staff concerned, and measures to involve
local communities in MCS of fisheries resources.
National Workshop on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance 22-23
March 2009 in Malé, Maldives
The National Workshop on Monitoring,
Control and Surveillance in Marine Fisheries, Maldives, was
organized on 22-23 March 2009 in Malé, jointly by the Government of
Maldives and the BOBP-IGO. Taking part were the Minister for
Fisheries and Agriculture, the Deputy Minister for Fisheries,
representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, the
Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
and the Marine Research Centre, besides select fishers and
representatives of industry. The workshop reviewed the progress of
Maldives in organizing MCS of its fisheries resources, and developed
an Action Plan to be considered by the government.