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Tuticorin meeting, June 9, 2011

CHENNAI: Fish prices could drop and the standard of living of fisherfolk improve if the government introduces a multi-tiered system of management involving everyone from the buyer to the fisherman, according to a UN study for the state fisheries department.

The Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods study, funded by the World Bank, says the state should revamp the system immediately.

Fishermen livelihood analysis performed Staff Reporter

— Photo: N.Rajesh

LAYING OUT POLICY:C.M Muralidharan, Project Coordinator, Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods, interacting with fishermen in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

Tuticorin: Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods (FIMSUL) officials have analysed the enhancement of livelihood following an interaction with fishermen, owners of mechanised and country fishing boats, Fisheries Department, MPEDA, Fisheries College and Research Institute and representatives of Coastal People Federation.

C.M. Muralidharan, Project Coordinator, FIMSUL, interacted with the stakeholders to validate the research works undertaken by the Tuticorin Multipurpose Social Service (TMSS), an NGO here, on the enhancement of fishermen's livelihood in post-tsunami period.

The status of fisherfolk in terms of income, management of households, challenges and threats from environmental pollution were discussed. After validation, coastal district-wise report would be submitted to State Government for charting out the policy, he said.

R. Amal Xavier, Joint Director of Fisheries, Tuticorin region, Murugan, Environmental Engineer, Pollution Control Board, P. Pradeep, Assistant Director, Fisheries (Marine). K. Selvan, Assistant Director, Fishing Harbour Management Wing, Sakthivel, Technical Officer, MPEDA and heads of coastal villages were present.