Chennai, May 04, 2016: Marine fish catch is going down in recent years by over 5 percent per year with a steep fall in the production of oil sardines. As pressure on land increases, because of demand for multiple needs, aquatic sources (both marine and inland fisheries) have to play an increasingly important role in ensuring nutrition security. This is why about 10 years ago, MSSRF started a programme titled “Fish for All and Forever’ in collaboration with the World Fish, Penang, Malaysia. The concept of fish for all is similar to the evergreen revolution concept in the case of crop plants, viz. the promotion of sustainable fisheries. Considering the drop in the harvest of marine fishes, we should now enlarge our training to ensure productivity in perpetuity. There is also need for biosaline agriculture and for capture fisheries not exceeding replenishment rates. The period set apart for rejuvenation, when there should be no fishing, should be strictly observed. Also, fisher friend application of mobile telephony should be promoted to indicate the location of fish and as well as the height of waves at different distances from the shoreline. It is time that we promote the Fish for All and Forever movement so that we derive full benefit from our long coastline and exclusive economic zone. The Fish for All Centre of MSSRF at Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu will be able to impart the necessary skills and training.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.