Sagar Parikrama Program Phase III

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    In Context

    • Recently, Sagar Parikrama Program Phase III was initiated by the Department of Fisheries from Surat, Hazira Port, Gujarat.

    About

    • Sagar Parikrama is an initiative of Government of India in the sea across the coastal belt demonstrating solidarity with all fisherfolk, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders as a spirit of 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
    • Objectives
      • to resolve the issues of the fishers and other stakeholders 
      • facilitate their economic upliftment through various fisheries schemes and programs being implemented by the Government of India such as PMMSY.
      • to focus on sustainable balance between the utilization of marine fisheries resources for the food security of the nation and livelihoods of coastal fisher communities.
    • The Phase –I and Phase- II programmes of ‘Sagar Parikrama’ have been organized in March 2022 and September 2022 respectively.
    • Sagar Parikrama program shall be celebrated in all coastal States/UTs through a pre-decided sea route from Gujarat, Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands.
    • The Parikrama shall be accompanied by the State Fisheries officials, Fishermen representatives, Fish-Farmers entrepreneurs, stakeholders, professionals, officials and Scientists from across the nation.

    Significance

    • The programme will have an interaction with fishermen, fisher communities and stakeholders  in order to know the problems of Coastal Fisher folk.
    • to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people in rural areas. 
    • to create more livelihood opportunities, a holistic approach has been adopted by the Government of India to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Key Facts about Indian Coastline and Marine Economy

    • The Country has a coastline of 8118km, covering 9 maritime States &4Union Territories and providing livelihood support to 2.8 million coastal fisher folk. 
    • India contributes 8% of the global share of fish production and is ranked 3rd largest fish producer in the world. 
    • The total fish production of the nation is 162.48 lakh tonnes, of which 121.21 lakh tonnes are from inland and 41.27 lakh tonnes from marine. 
    • The value of fisheries exports stood at INR 57,586.48 crores. The sector shows a steady growth rate in GVA accounting for a 6.72% share of Agriculture GDP and contributing to about 17% of agriculture exports.

    Source:PIB