17.08.2015

“This information, which is received through satellite, indicates us where fish aggregation happens,” says Nagaraja Kumar, a scientist at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). “The fishes need food to survive, and to find it, they will come to places where there is chlorophyll concentration.” The Centre provides the advisory for the fishermen on a daily basis to 586 fish landing centres in 14 states along the Indian coast at no cost. A hundred thousand fishermen have been using this advisory until now. The information is given throughout the year except during the marine fishing ban imposed by the Government of India. The ban was for 45 days last year, but this year it has been increased to 61 days. The time of the ban varies across the East and West Coast of India. Says Nimit Kumar from INCOIS, “On the basis of monsoon observations, it has been found that the fish breeding season coincides with the south west monsoon period, when the ocean condition is hostile.” A fishing ban is imposed because of bad weather conditions and to conserve fish species during breeding time.