Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-12-0016PresentationPoster

IMPROVEMENT OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS THROUGH SCIENCE TO THE SOCIETY SERVICE: AN EXAMPLE IN FISHERIES SECTOR

Nagaraja Kumar Masuluri*1, Srinivasa Kumar T1, S S C Shenoi1, Shailesh Nayak2

1 Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), India
2 Ministry of Earth Sciences, India

ABSTRACT :

India has a long coastline with vast Exclusive Economic Zone. About 7 million of people living around the coastline of India are dependent on fishing activity for their livelihood. The fishery resources keeps on migrating from one location to another location and locating & catching them is a challenging task. The fishermen mostly depend on their traditional knowledge, acquired through their ancestors, for carrying out the fishing activities. The fishing operations in the seas needs lot of effort and turns to be very expensive and time consuming. Understanding the science behind the migration patterns of the fishery resources and converting the ┐science to a service┐ to the society is an essential mechanism to improve the socio-economics of the fishermen. Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), India has been providing a unique operational service ┐Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ)┐ advisories to the fishermen community of India. Accurate information on potential fish aggregation zones are provided by INCOIS in timely manner to reach the fishermen community. INCOIS adopts state-of-the-art technology to timely disseminate the service. The service over a period of decade has made significant impact and improvement in the livelihoods of the fishermen in the country. The service helps in reducing the searching time by 30-70% there by reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and reduction of CO2 emission to the atmosphere. The profits are increased by 2 to 4 times through increased CPUE. The Ocean State Forecast from INCOIS further helps them on their safety of venturing into sea and the fishermen are able to take appropriate decisions. The science is thus helping them in their livelihood as well as their safety at Sea.