There is a convergence of views on the issues faced by
the fishing industry but the solutions offered are divergent.
The problems faced by the fishing industry are water withdrawals,
increased urbanisation, subsidies, land-use pattern, open
access to fishing and lack of monitoring, says Dr Meryl
J Williams, director general, WorldFish Centre, Malaysia.
a gathering at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
(MSSRF), she added that the solutions offered are involving
the stakeholders and educating them about the issues.
According to her, the national fisheries research laboratories
are focused on rearing high-value fishes whereas it is
the low-priced fish that is important for the poor in
the developing countries.
consumption of fish is going up in developing countries
while the fishing has come down to some extent. They buy
from developing countries. The US once used to be a fish
exporter now imports fish," she added.
called for an immediate aquarian reforms and a clear-cut
policy to provide fish for all.