Orissa to have fisheries policy by May-end

A comprehensive policy will be announced after the formation of the new government

BHUBANESWAR, May 9: The state government is likely to announce a comprehensive fisheries policy after the formation of the new government.

"We have already come up with a draft fisheries policy. The final policy will take shape by the end of this month," secretary of fisheries and animal resources development, Bishnupada Sethy, said, adding the new policy would be announced after compiling responses from different stakeholders. "It is expected to encourage public-private participation to boost the sector," he said.

Director of fisheries P Krishna Mohan said the government would come up with a fisheries policy for the first time.

The draft policy, released recently, promises community participation for developing, managing, conserving and sharing fishery resources. Other priorities include sustainable development of inland, coastal and marine capture to attain self-sufficiency in fish production for domestic consumption and development of seafood industry.

A source said the policy also aims to create an efficient value chain and an organized and secure marketing or supply system to protect the interest of producers and consumers and to augment marine products export and foreign exchange earnings. It also has an objective for quantitative and qualitative appraisal of fishery resources and their potential in the state.

Similarly, it plans to tap the untapped potential of aquaculture to contribute to food and nutritional security...

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