Goa’s annual fish catch has shrunk by a drastic 27 per cent, stated the Economic Survey (ES) report tabled on Thursday during the ongoing budget session of the State Legislative assembly.
The report stated that the fish catch has reduced from 1.03 lakh tonnes in 2005 to 80,680 tonnes in 2009. It further said that here is an urgent need to rein in fishing and minimise post harvest losses to cover up the deficit.
‘With the total fish production in the state crossing maximum sustainable yield, there is a need to restrict the fishing efforts in the coastal waters of the state,’ the report said and added that all efforts are being made to provide the infrastructure needed at the landing centres to minimise the post harvest losses.
Baban Ingole, chief scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), has warned that a combination of the state’s burgeoning fishing trawler industry, pollution and climate change was resulting in the fish being driven off the Goa coast, resulting in a ‘fish famine’ in the region. He further informed that fish like mackerel, sardines and prawns would be the first to exit the marine habitat.