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International Shark Meet 2019 held in Kochi

Date: 24 July 2019 Tags: Biodiversity

The International shark meet 2019 was held in Kochi, Kerala to set up a platform for researchers from across the globe working on shark and ray trade to share their experience in the field. It was first-of-its-kind event held in India.

About International shark meet

  • It was jointly organized by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) under the collaborative research project of the two entities on sharks and rays non-fin commodities.
  • Objectives: (i) To bring together scientific community in spectrum to describe various methodologies being transpired and adopted in research works on sharks and rays (ii) To define their strengths and weaknesses and develop practical but not rigid set of guidance.  (iii) To discuss the priorities in monitoring shark and ray fisheries, trade and market chain assessment.
  • Participation: It saw attendance of representatives from FAO and experts from various countries such as Australia, Mexico, UK, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Italy, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Somalia, Myanmar and Namibia.
  • Significance: It will play major role in refining strategies to promote sustainable fishing and trade on this vulnerable marine resource group. It will also set of common guidelines that will be developed for all shark fishing countries during the discussions.