Workshop Proceedings

International Policy Workshop on Bamboo in Fisheries, 2003

The Workshop, organized CIBART provided a global perspective of the relevance of bamboo in fisheries. It was supported by INBAR, World Fish Centre, Society of Indian Ocean Studies, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Department of Science and Technology, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy and Central Institute of Fisheries Education.

Sessions Linkages between bamboo and fisheries: Overview of the state of understanding and the knowledge of role of bamboo in the fisheries sector

Technical evaluation of the uses of bamboo in fisheries

Social and economic impact of bamboo on fisheries in India and the world

Innovative use of bamboo in fisheries and aquaculture

Conclusion and policy recommendations

The recommendations that were agreed to and endorsed are as follows:
Networking: For greater global attention and focus to bamboo and fisheries and in India linking the 7 fisheries institutes in India with state bodies, and NGOs through the secretariat for Bamboo in Fisheries, CIBART, which should set up and coordinate the forum for greater attention to bamboo in fisheries. CIBART should set up an advisory group to guide the Secretariat and determine activities – email- based to reduce both time and financial transaction costs. Create an Internet-based newsletter to keep costs low and have a website to gather and disseminate information.

Awareness raising for fishers: Traveling exhibitions to to transfer knowledge and cross-learning through visits by fisher groups. Fisheries gear: Testing of existing and development of improved fish aggregating devices from bamboo and make available diverse gear locally at strategic areas.

Packaging: Documentation of fishing gear, relevance of construction to efficiency of catch and technical and comparative economics. Develop gear such as cages that can withstand high seas usage. Food-safe and durable preservation of packaging

Fish feed: Determination of quality of different bamboo leaves as direct or indirect fish feed nutrional conten and current usage.

Pond bank and riverbank protection: Development of scientific models for protection with bamboo for reducing silting. Water transportation: Training and demonstration camps for parisal (coracle) boat, other raft types, bamboo composite catamaran boats – introduction and testing, and if successful, setting up of local manufacturing.

Ancillary industries and minimizing waste: Train fishers in diverse crafts and uses of bamboo so that this could supplement off-farm income, and maximize use of time in the off-season.

Local bamboo resource development and improved management and harvesting: A plan to develop bamboo resources at usage points of fishers/fishing villages.

Use in seaweed farming: Seaweed farming is rapidly growing and constraints in supply of bamboo to seaweed production. Rehabilitation of degraded lands: Bamboo combined with fishery can be a potent combination to rehabilitate land.

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