Draft Concession Agreement for Vizhinjam International Seaport Project Ready
Marine debris or marine litter as it is also known has been recognized as an important issue for years. But with oceans so vast, the importance of marine debris, while finding an occasional mention in news has probably not hit headlines till recently. It is over three weeks now that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. On board the flight was Ms Chandrika Sharma, the Executive Secretary of ICSF. Along with Bhoomika Trust and SIFFS, ICSF supported the establishment of TRINet in 2005. Some two weeks after the plane disappeared, the Malaysian Premier declared that it was presumed lost somewhere over the Indian Ocean. However, to date, despite intensive search, no trace has been found of the lost flight. We still hope that the flight may have landed somewhere and the travellers safe.
Water security is critical for human life. We use water not just for drinking and cooking but also in agriculture, industry and other activities. The availability of water has shaped the course of human civilizations which is why most cities were established on river banks. The changing availability of water linked with climate change is a cause of anxiety.
ONGC restarts hunt for oil off Kerala coast
It is widely believed that community based co-management is the best way to sustain small scale or artisanal fisheries worldwide. But the bedrock of an appropriate management approach is quality data. Here is a short report from FERAL, an NGO located in Puducherry which is trying to address this knowledge gap.
Artisanal fishing is no longer fishermen casting simple nets to make an honest living. This has long given way to teams of fifty to a hundred fishermen spreading five hundred kilogram nets with mesh sizes one tenth the legal limit over kilometres of the shoreline. The near shore ecosystem is devastated with every cohort of every species being harvested yet the men using these nets and their families live in abject poverty. This project, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, SEED Division, is about gathering data to document the ecological and economic changes and potential impacts creating governance structures adaptive to the data and long run sustainability as well as documenting the need for a greater number of local practical interventions along the Coromandel Coast of India.
Mumbai agency to clean up Goa's beaches
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Kerala sets up Rs 300-cr Coastal Shipping Promotion Fund
The State government has created a Coastal Shipping Promotion Fund in line with its professed aim to promote coastal shipping as a thrust area.The corpus of the fund is Rs 300 crore, according to K. Babu, Minister for Ports and Fisheries.
Decision on green nod for Vizhinjam in two weeks
A crucial decision on environmental clearance for Vizhinjam International Seaport and Container Transhipment Terminal is expected within two weeks. This became clear after an Expert Appraisal Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests wound up a third hearing in New Delhi on Saturday.
Fishing is considered a high risk profession. With a large number of marine fishermen who have moved beyond near-shore fishing, the need to be able to communicate to the shore as well as with each other while at sea is very important.