The center plans to approve a national action plan for shark conservation.

India has taken a step closer to protecting its sharks with the upcoming National Shark Conservation and Management Action Plan (NPOA). A key stakeholder consultation held here brought together scientists, environmentalists, government officials and environmentalists to provide important input. input perspectives that paved the way for the implementation of the plan. The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and the Intergovernmental Organization of the Bay of Bengal (BOBP-IGO).

Key Priorities

 The draft NPOA outlines key priorities for effective management and conservation of shark populations in Indian waters. Discussions at the meeting focused on these critical areas, ensuring a comprehensive and actionable plan. These areas include the legal framework, capacity building, data collection, research, fishing regulation, biodiversity and ecological aspects, and regional cooperation. The proposed plan also foresees the introduction of a law for waters between 12 and 200 nautical miles, a logbook system that will increase the number of fishermen raising awareness, fishermen encouraging compliance with fishing regulations and bycatch reduction measures.

Development of NPOA is critical to the sustainability of shark fishing, said Fisheries Secretary Neetu Kumari Prasad. department “We have worked hard with fisheries associations, research institutes and NGOs to develop a comprehensive plan,

Shark population

The plan should improve India’s understanding of shark populations and the communities that depend on them. He added that this information will give the government the tools to make informed decisions about shark fishing and conservation in the country. BOBP director P Krishnan said the plan aims to promote sustainable fishing practices and ensure the long-term . health of both shark populations and the fishing industry. The nNPOA plays a crucial role in regulating India’s significant participation in the global shark trade. This includes ensuring compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and actively combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, he said.

Underscoring the growing number of vulnerable sharks. Kim Friedman, Senior Fisheries Manager at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), emphasized the critical importance of the proposed action plan. The meeting revealed that stakeholder awareness is essential for the implementation of conservation measures.

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