India calls for reducing the carbon footprint of fisheries to increase resilience to climate change.

India is highlighting the country’s proactive approach to addressing the climate crisis in its fisheries sector and proposed reducing its carbon footprint as a major step towards climate-resilient fisheries at the first session of the Commission’s Sub-Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi presented India’s statement on climate change resilient fisheries at the global body. J Balaji, former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, led the Indian delegation. According to a recent study, CO2 emissions per kilogram of fish caught in Indian marine fisheries are 17.7 percent lower than the global average, an Indian statement said. He stated that India is in the medium to high category of climate change in terms of overall impact by 2050.

J Jayasankar, Director of Fisheries Stock Assessment, Economics and Extension, CMFRI, read out a statement highlighting India’s proactive approach to addressing the climate crisis in the fisheries sector. The meeting held practically in Rome by FAO was attended by members of the FAO Committee on Fishing (COFI) and one member organization, representatives of three specialist bodies of the UN, observers from other FAO Member States and observers from intergovernmental organizations. and international non-governmental organizations.

An important step towards climate-resilient fisheries is to utilize the carbon dioxide sequestration potential of algae to mitigate the effects of climate change. Improving natural habitats to improve algae, expanding algae farming systems and improving mangrove ecosystems can help pave the way for better carbon sequestration, India’s statement said. The country called on global and regional bodies to link the Projection of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to macro indicators such as habitat loss, resources and market orientation. India suggested that this integration would enable Member States to dynamically incorporate knowledge into regulations, adaptations and integrated management strategies.

CMFRI also presented India’s statement on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Marine Fisheries Management at the meeting. This involved combining reports on habitat mapping and assessment, fisheries and assessment of target classes and stocks (e.g. marine mammals and migratory species) to develop regional indicators. India informed the meeting that the country’s fishermen are well aware of the importance of biodiversity, as evidenced by increasing reports of rescues of stranded marine mammals and turtles.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *