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Issue No:81
  • :0973–1121
  • :June
  • :2019

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

India / Analysis

Some Grains of Salt

India’s 2019 Draft National Policy on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture is an ambitious effort but limited in depth and vision


This article is by Nachiket Kelkar (nachiket.kelkar@atree.org) Ph.D. Candidate, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, Karnataka, India, who is also associated with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka, India


The Draft National Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy (NIFAP)is an important and welcome development on the manifold issues of managing inland fisheries. It was prepared in March 2019 by an expert committee appointed by the Government of India, The need for such a policy stems from two important features of inland fisheries. One, they are a sprawling, heterogeneous, and ambiguous bricolage of diverse ecologies, institutional regimes and cultural practices. As a result, the administration of these systems is inherently complex and perhaps in need of an umbrella policy. Two, due to the boom in freshwater food fish, especially carp, aquaculture in India—economists call this chimera the ‘inland fisheries sector’—is big and growing; it warrants efficient, revenue-oriented and sustainable management by the state. Both aims are...

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