KOCHI: Fisheries Minister K Babu on Thursday said the authorities should take the common man into consideration while initiating developmental projects and policies for the ‘blue economy.’
The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the three-day international conference on Blue Economy organised by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) here on Thursday. “Since the fishermen community is the key stakeholder of the policies, the Centre should address the the concerns raised by them with regard to the National Marine Fisheries Policy (NMFP). Ignoring the views of the fisherfolk will lead to social and economic imbalance in society,” said the Minister.
“In order to achieve a healthy blue economy, an action plan has to be formulated to tackle the issues pertaining to inland and marine fisheries; coastal tourism; marine transportation; offshore oil and gas; offshore energy; ‘capture fisheries’ and aquaculture,” pointed out the Minister.
Tie-up with Norway
Delivering the plenary lecture at the ‘Blue Economy, nternational Cooperation and Marketing, Norway, director Lasse H Patterson expressed willingness to tie-up with Indian scientists to carry out joint research for development of technologies for effective utilisation of ocean and inland water resources.