As part of the Fishery Management for Sustainable Livelihood - FIMSUL project, PLANT has conducted nearly 25 focus group discussions with fisher men groups and interacted with the relevant fisheries stakeholders at Chennai fishing harbour at Kasimedu in Northern Chennai with an aim to promote the concept of fisheries resources co-management and the formation of co- management committee in Chennai Fishing Harbour. The purpose of the project is to organizeall the fishermen, fleet operation groups and other stakeholders to enlighten the importance of conserving the coastal resources for the sustainable fishing. As an outcome of this project a strong fishery resources co management committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of fisheries department to control monitor the inappropriate craft and gears operations and motivate the fishermen to adopt responsible fishing guidelines to conserve the fishery resources for sustainable fishing. As a result of this project some of the inappropriate gear operations were banned by the co-management committee to conserve the fisheryresources.
Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods (FIMSUL), is a project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the Government of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India under the World Bank trust fund from April 2010 to December 2011. The project was a result of a scoping study done in 2006, in the post tsunami context, on the marine fisheries sector.
The project aimed at establishing frameworks, processes and building capacities of various stakeholders especially the Government, to facilitate the planning, design and implementation of appropriate fisheries development and management policies.
The project included a series of stakeholder consultations and consensus building apart from detailed review and analysis in the areas of stakeholders, livelihoods, policy, legal and institutional frameworks and fisheries management. For the Stakeholder and Livelihood Analysis which come under Work Packages 1 and 3, the project partnered with six Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). PLANT is one among the NGO implemented FIMSUL project in Thiruvallur and Chennai District. This publication is available from https://sites.google.com/site/fimsul/
As part of the World Bank, FAO assisted FIMSUL – Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihood Project, PLANT has organized serious of stakeholder’s workshops in Tamilnadu. The picture highlights the workshop has been conducted for the Tamilnadu Fisheries Department official to get their opinon, suggestions and recommendation for the Fisheries Resource co-management practices to conserve the marine biodiversity for the sustainable livelihood development of the fishermen. Central and State Government officials, Fisheries experts, Fishing communities, NGOs and relevant other stakeholders participated in all the events to frame the Tamilnadu Fisheries policy.
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