Fishing boats become part of race to cut carbon

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Graphic from The Hindu

The Hindu newspaper this week published a feature that relates to ADSGAF’s work to install solar panels on fishing boats:

Fishing boats to reduce carbon footprint

Hundreds of deep sea going fishing boats operating from Kerala and Tamil Nadu will soon be key players in a global bid to cut carbon emissions.

The Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen (ADSGAF) has taken up a pilot project to equip fishing vessels with solar panels so as to save fuel on long voyages and reduce the carbon footprint.

The second boat under the NABARD-funded project was put out to sea from the Muttom harbour in Kanyakumary district on Sunday. The first vessel fitted with solar panels had begun operations from the Thoppumpadi harbour, Ernakulam, in May this year.The solar panels are used to charge the battery which powers the GPS navigation equipment, fish finder and two VHF sets for communication, as well as signals and other lights on board.

Fishermen’s fears

“At sea, fishermen keep the boat’s engine running continuously, fearing they will be stranded if it refuses to restart,” says Vincent Jain, Chief Executive, ADSGAF. “By partly switching over to solar energy, they save fuel while cutting down on carbon emission”.

The boats usually remain at sea for about 15 days. Trials carried out by ADSGAF proved that switching off the inboard engine for three hours could save 30 litres of fuel a day, translating into an annual saving of at least Rs.4,65,000 for a boat.

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Another solar boat goes for fishing

Panel on top of wheel house

The second boat under the NABARD funded project is ready to go for fishing with solar equipments. The engineering team headed by Mr. Sadhishkumar of Jagath Jothi Solar Energy Pvt Ltd, Chennai spent 2 days for the installation work.

The boat was to go fishing for fishing from Sept 14 MOCHANAM owned by Lourdayyan will go for fishing from Muttom Harbour. We will send you more information of the fishing voyage of the boat later.

Please see below for more photos.

Taking the battery to the boat

Taking the battery to the boat

Separate switch box for solar

Separate switch box for solar

Fishers flay decision on Marine

From the Hindu regarding the marines charged in the death of ADSGAF fishers:

The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) and the Kerala Swathanthra Malsya Thozhilali Federation have come out strongly against the decision to send Massimiliano Latorre, one of two Italian marines involved in the killing of two fishers off the Kerala coast, to Italy for treatment.

In a joint statement here on Saturday, NFF secretary T. Peter and federation secretary Anto Elias termed the decision a challenge to the fishing community in India. By observing silence in court on the issue when there were sufficient treatment facilities in India, the Union and State governments had bowed to the dictates of the Italian government, they said.

Mr. Peter and Mr. Elias said the stand taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was a disgrace for the country and wondered whether the Italian marine would return after treatment. Fishers would stage a sit-in in front of the Secretariat on Tuesday.

Workshop to review Deep Sea Fishing Policy

CLICK: Invitation workshop critical review of deep sea fishing policy and shark conservation

The NFF, KSMTF and ADSGAF are  jointly organizing a one day workshop on “A Critical Review of Deep Sea Fishing Policy and Conservation of Sharks” on 16th September 2014 at Press Club, Trivandrum from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

The workshop is being organised with the aim of analysing the move of the Government of India to create offshore buffer zones, ban fishing of
certain species of sharks and rays, promoting foreign trawlers in India etc.

We cordially invite you for the workshop and give your valuable suggestions.

For Organizers
T.Peter- NFF,  Jackson Pollayil-KSMTF, V.Romanse-ADSGAF

For Details and to RSVP:
Mr. T.Peter
National Secretary
Tutors Lane, Statue, Trivandrum
Mob: 09744259831