KOCHI: The rapid commercialisation of the ocean sector with little regard to the ecology is a major threat to the marine ecosystem and the very existence of mankind, said Governor P Sathasivam.
After inaugurating the maiden World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) here on Thursday, the Governor said the commercialisation of the sector had affected the livelihood of the fishing community, who have often been forced to move out of their habitat, of late. He pointed out that the Indian Ocean was the least explored and managed oceans in the world, despite being the most productive of all.
“The effective management of the ocean and its resources is a challenging task due to lack of regional co-operation, increasing population in the coastal areas and the socio-economic conditions,” he said. Stressing on ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘Protection of Indian Ocean’, the main themes of the Congress, he said WOSC would highlight Kochi as a destination for maritime business.
The WOSC, jointly organised by the Swadeshi Science Movement, the Kerala chapter of Vijnana Bharati and the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos), Kochi, will discuss ways and means to use ocean resources for improving economic growth, without disturbing ocean life and the environment. ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘Protection of Indian Ocean’ are the main themes of the Congress, which will conclude on February 8.
Minister of Fisheries, Ports and Excise K Babu said the recent report on deep-sea fishing policy was a challenge to the fishermen community in the country, especially in Kerala. “The centre may revisit the report, ensuring security to the livelihoods of the fishermen in the country,” he said in the presidential address.Dominic Presentation MLA, S Sarma MLA, KUFOS VC and WOSC-2015 chairman B Madhusoodana Kurup, National Fisheries Development Board chief executive M V Rao and Vijnana Bharati secretary general A Jayakumar also attended the function.