Based on the needs
identified by the member countries, the BOBP-IGO proposes to take up
the following fisheries management programs:
Regional Program on Safety at Sea for Artisanal and Small-Scale
Fishermen: Fishing at sea is probably the most dangerous occupation
in the world and every year thousands of fishermen die worldwide on
account of poor safety regimes. The problem is all the more acute in
the Bay of Bengal region, where sea safety measures among artisanal
and small-scale fishermen are rudimentary or non-existent. The
factors that endanger the safety of fishermen at sea include
excessive fishing effort, increased competition, unsatisfactory
vessel maintenance, equipment and manpower, fatigue, recklessness,
fisheries management measures that do not pay attention to fishermen
safety and diversifying operations without training fishermen.
The erstwhile BOBP during 8 - 12 October 2001 organised a Regional
Workshop on Safety at Sea for Artisanal and small-scale Fishermen in Chennai, India,
with support from the FAO. It suggested a Regional Program on Sea
Safety for Artisanal and Small-Scale Fishermen, which could
formulate a holistic long-term approach to improve safety at sea for
small-scale fishermen (Chennai
Declaration). Necessary measures
would include analysis of accident data; education and training of
trainers, extensionists, fishermen and inspectors; better fisheries
management and enforcement; stronger collaboration between
fishermen, fishermen's organisations and governments.
seeks donor support to carry out this Program)
Regional Program for Fish Stocks Assessment in the Bay of Bengal:
Information on the fish stocks in the Bay of Bengal is sparse. Some
characteristic features of fisheries in the Bay of Bengal region are
open access, excessive fishing capacity and resource conflicts.
While inshore stocks are either optimally exploited or
overexploited, little is known about offshore resources or their
exploitation. Illegal fishing by fleets from other countries is said
to be rampant and fish stocks in several parts of the Bay are
The proposed Program on Fish Stocks Assessment, would seek to
provide a mechanism through which member countries could participate
in a regional stocks assessment Program and also develop their
national capacities to carry out resources surveys and improve
fishery statistics in support of fisheries management.
(The BOBP-IGO seeks donor support to carry out this Program)
Capacity Building and Information Services for Fisheries Development
and Management in the Bay of Bengal Region: There is strong optimism
that the Bay of Bengal region can produce significantly more fish
than at present, through better management of the resources. What is
needed, apart from appropriate technology inputs, are institutional
capacity building, better all round awareness of management and
adoption of a community-based participatory approach.
The BOBP-IGO will address these issues, with funding support from
member countries and other agencies.
Taking the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries to the
Grassroots Level: The Third Phase of the erstwhile BOBP implemented
many activities, which aimed at popularisation of the Code amongst
government functionaries and other stakeholders, including the
fisher community. The activities included translation of the main
Code and its concise version (What is the Code of Conduct for
Responsible Fisheries?) into national languages of the member
Hindi and Marathi).
The BOBP-IGO will continue the activities and translation of the
main Code and its Technical Guidelines into the remaining national
languages so that the Code and its Technical Guidelines are read and
understood by the fisheries grassroots practitioners in the region.
Popularisation and adaptation of the Code will also be carried out
through conduct of National Workshops/ Seminars and organisation of
Fisherfolk Weeks in the member countries.
Setting up of Regional Information Network: This Program is aimed
at providing appropriate information for development, planning,
research and training through web-based networking. This will assist
member countries in strengthening national capabilities in
development and management of coastal fisheries.