The workshop is being organised by Zoo Outreach Organization in partnership with South Asian Fishermen Fraternity, with support from US Consulate General through their TechCamp initiative facilitated by Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi
A two-day workshop to understand and discuss the needs of fish and fishers July 12.07. 2023 commenced at the Coastal Peace Development Office in Nagercoil. The workshop was organized by Zoo ‘Zu Outreach’ in collaboration with the South Asian Fishermen’s Fellowship, the US Consulate in Chennai and the Center for Public Policy Research in Kochi through their TechCamp initiative.
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A two-day workshop to understand and discuss the needs of fish and fishers July 12.07. 2023 commenced at the Coastal Peace Development Office in Nagercoil. The workshop was organized by Zoo ‘Zu Outreach’ in collaboration with the South Asian Fishermen’s Fellowship, the US Consulate in Chennai and the Center for Public Policy Research in Kochi through their pre-Tech Camp initiative.
The event was presided over by Reverend Tungsten, Director of Coastal Peace Development. South Asian Fishermen’s Fellowship General Secretary Aruth Panshi Church led the way. Dr. Sanjay Molur, Executive Director of Zoo Outreach and Kannan, Coordinator, Center for Public Policy Research were the chief guests. Scientists, fishermen, fisherwomen, fish traders, fish related industries, fishermen social activists, marine research students, etc. participated in the seminar.
The sea today is unsanitary. Fish have no marine protection. The government is trying to install a wind farm in the sea where fish live. Thermal power plant, nuclear power plant waste is dumped into the sea. The ocean is filled with luxury cruise ships. On the one hand the sea is getting polluted due to government schemes and on the other hand the virginity of the sea is being destroyed due to climate change. Therefore, to protect the sea and marine fish and to protect the livelihood of fishermen, the seminar discussed.
The workshop focused on understanding the current status of endangered fish, the needs of fishers and the important role of fishers in building sustainable fisheries. The workshop is the first step towards building a healthy ocean involving fishermen, local organizations, local communities, scientists and students. Fishermen’s perspective on the threats facing the oceans and fish were understood and integrated solutions to tackle these threats were discussed. It was decided that the participants of the seminar will take what they have learned to their organizations, groups and society and act responsibly to protect the sea and fish.
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