Highlights of the Bill

  • The Bill amends the Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act, 2005.  The Act defines coastal aquaculture as farming, under controlled conditions, of: (i) shrimp, (ii) prawn, (iii) fish or (iv) any other aquatic life in saline or brackish water.  The Bill expands the scope of coastal aquaculture to include allied activities such as hatcheries and nucleus breeding centres.

Key Issues and Analysis

  • The mandate of the Fisheries Ministry to promote coastal aquaculture may lead it to prioritise industry growth over environmental protection.
  • The CAG noted that the Coastal Aquaculture Authority lacks capacity to carry out existing functions under the Act.  The Bill adds more functions.