1. FIP launch was held at Mangalore in July, 2019. The Deputy Commissioner of Mangalore and the Director of Fisheries, Karnataka State along with senior officers and scientists, Chairpersons and members of boat owners and fishing associations, public and representatives of media participated. A detailed report along with photographs are available in this website under FIP Documents
2. As per the FAP, sensitization programmes were scheduled from M1 to M8 in Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. These have been completed. Kerala launch is fixes for 31 January as per the consent given by Honourable Minister for Fisheries who will inaugurate the launch. This will be followed by FIP ativities at Vizingam, Neendakara, Munambam and Mopla Bay.
3. Under the FIP, sensitization and awareness programmes were conducted in the last 6 months commencing from 25th July 2019 at various places. Detailed reports on such programmes held in Mangalore, Malpe, Karwar in Karnataka, Vasco da Gama in Goa, Ratnagiri and Mumbai city in Maharashtra are available in this website.
4. The latest official Government of India data on potential yields are uploaded in the website under FIP Documents. The potential of the Indian Oil Sardine is 617128 mt and the Indian mackerel is 317049 mt. This fulfills the commitment under FAP to provide stock estimation data.
5. The stock of the Indian Oil Sardine in the Indian waters have been validated by the Government of India (2018). The government data state that “Among the species/group, oil sardine recorded the maximum Potential Yield with 0.62 million t followed by Indian mackerel (0.32 million t) and ribbonfish (0.30 million t). These three groups account for about a quarter of the overall resource Potential Yield”. To be very precise, the potential yield of the Indian Oil Sardine is 617128 tons. The estimated landing of the Indian Oil Sardine carried out by the CMFRI (2017) is 337390 tons. Thus approximately 55 percent of the stock is only harvested.
6. The methodology used for estimating the marine fish landings in India is presented as PDF under FIP Documents.
7. Scientific evidence that the IOS is single stock has been provided ( please see pages 83 to 93 in the Document The Enigmatic Indian Oil Sardine uploaded to our website under FIP Documents.Also please read Sandhya et al, 2016a, Applied Ichthyology, 32:706-711; Sandhya et al, 2016, Gene; 576(1);372-378; Sandhya et al, 2017, Conservation Genetics, 18: 951-964.
8. A research team is being constituted for making an independent estimation of IOS stock. This team is headed by a senior expert on fish stock assessment. The independent estimate will throw more insights in to the stock status of IOS. The results are expected in 12 months.
9. Awareness programmes are planned for Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh in the coming months, the details will be uploaded after firm plans are made.