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Report of the Workshop Proceedings

INAUGURAL SESSION
Chair: Y S Yadava, Director, Bay of Bengal Programme - Inter Govermental Organization (BOBP-IGO)

Welcome
V Vivekanandan, Member, ICSF, welcomed the participants and presented the context of the
workshop. He noted that fishing communities in India are today placed in an unusual position
of having people from outside the sector influencing fisheries management. Until recently,
he said, fishing issues were largely handled within the sector, that is, by the State fisheries
departments, and at the Centre, by the MoA. Nowadays, due to environmental concerns, various constituencies in the country, such as the MoEF and others, are having a say in fisheries
management. Ironically, fishers who should be the natural allies of conservation because their livelihood depends entirely on a natural resource, are at the receiving end of conservation
measures. On the one hand, the issues related to sustainability of fisheries are not being addressed
and, on the other, the rest of society, impatient with the slow progress in improving fisheries management, is coming in with prescriptions.
Worldwide, biodiversity concerns are high on the agenda, noted Vivekanandan. In recent times, biodiversity in marine and coastal areas is gaining focus. It...