A one day workshop on “Deep sea fishing in Tamil Nadu, challenges and opportunities” was conducted at the Institute of Post Graduate Studies (IPGS), OMR Campus, Chennai on 8th September 2017. The workshop is jointly organized by the Tamil Nadu Fisheries University and Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Department. Dr.G.Sugumar, Dean, Fisheries College and Research Institute and Convener of the workshop welcomed the gathering and elucidated the importance of the workshop aimed at promoting deep sea fishing for the benefit of fishermen in Tamil Nadu.The workshop was inaugurated by Shri. D. Jayakumar, Honourable Minister for Fisheries and Pro-Chancellor of the University. In his inaugural address he stressed the importance of deep sea fishing to fully exploit the fishery resources and increase the capture fish production. He said that 1.7 million tons of deep sea fishery resources remain unexploited and added that the experience of the fishermen along with such training is required for exploitation of such resources. The state along with central government provides 80 lakhs for the construction of deep sea fishing vessel. The government plans for creating a fisheries industrial estate for which 500 acre land has been identified in Nagapatinam. He added that the government is involved in developing a comprehensive fisheries policy to benefit all stake holders in fisheries.
Dr. K. Gopal, IAS., Principal Secretary to Government, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in his address gave an outline on the untapped deep sea resources of the country and the need to diversify the efforts of fishermen. The Director of fisheries, Mr.V.P. Thandapani, IAS., wanted regulating the marketing strategy of the fish catch to realize a better income for the fishermen. Dr. S. Felix, Vice Chancellor, TNFU in his presidential addresspointed out that the efforts oif the University in augmenting deep sea fishing in the state. The University is in the process of establishing Deep sea fishing related skill development centres at three different places viz. Thoothukudi, Thoothur and Mandapamfor the benefit of fishermen. The expertise of fishermen of Thoothur district in deep sea fishing could be used along with the expertise of scientists.A book on “Alkadal Meenpidipirku Ayathamavom” authoured by Dr. B. Sundaramoorthy, Dr. N. Neethiselvan, Mr. Ravikumar, Dr. G. Sugumar and Dr. S. Felix was released by Shri. D. Jayakumar, Honourable Minister for Fisheries and Pro-Chancellor of the University. Dr. N. Neethiselvan, Prof. and Head, FC&RI, Thoothukudi proposed the vote of thanks.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by technical sessions where seven invited lectures were presented. Challenges and opportunities in deep sea fishing in Tamil Nadu were deliberated by scientist, officials from state and central Department, fishermen. Dr. G.S. Sameeran, IAS, Additional Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram presented a talk on“Government schemes for the promotion of Deep sea fishing in Tamil Nadu”. Er. M.V. Baiju, Senior Scientist & Naval Architect, CIFT (ICAR), Cochinspoke on “Facilities required for a Tuna long liner cum Gillnetter”.Dr. P. Pravin, Assistant Director General, ICAR, New Delhi gave an overview of Deep sea fishing research initiatives in India.Dr. A. Anrose, Zonal Director (Retd.), FSI, Chennai spoke on Deep sea resource potential and their exploitation status in India.Dr. V. Vivekanandan, Secretary, FMRC, Chennai spoke on Social and technical aspects of deep sea fishing in Tamil Nadu.Mr. John Bosco, Fisherman, Thoothur, K.K. District shared his experience on Deep sea fishing. Dr. A. John Chembian, Senior Scientist, FSI, Chennai, spoke on the techniques of On-board handling and preservation of Tuna for sashimi grade. Seventy five participants including56 fishermen, entrepreneurs, faculty staff and scientists attended the workshop.
Dr.D. Sukumar, Director, TNFU summarized the proceedings of the workshop.Dr. G. Sugumar, Dean and Convenor, Dr.N. Neethiselvan and Dr. B. Sundaramoorthy, the Organising Secretaries coordinated the workshop proceedings.