Reef for Fish for Ever programme
About the Implementing organization
Name: C - Pudupet Traditional Fishing Community,
Year of establishment: 1998
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Indigenous group or organization
Reefs for fish are manmade structures deployed at the sea bottom to increase the surface area available for marine organisms. The Reefs for fish to enhance the marine fishery resources for the livelihood of the fishing community. This initiative also enriched the coastal biodiversity which has brought positive social and economic impacts with related to the following sustainable development goals. Reefs for fish are manmade structures deployed at the sea bottom to increase the surface area available for marine organisms. The Reefs for fish to enhance the marine fishery resources for the livelihood of the fishing community. This initiative also enriched the coastal biodiversity which has brought positive social and economic impacts with related to the following sustainable development goals.
Sustainable Development Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development• The fish production has increased per site of reef @ 50 ton/year over and above the fish production from the non reef area by usual fishing contribution to the national food security.• Introduction of Reefs for fish structures has increased the income of the fisher family and this improved income has helped the family to provide good education and better living leading to the well being of the community.
Sustainable Development Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Sustainable Development Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
This innovation is people-friendly proven technology to enhance the marine fishery resources for the sustainable livelihood of the fishing community and also address the national food security issues. It will also conserve the coastal biodiversity and conserve the various endanger species in the reef zone. Fishers get sustainable income.
Oceans / Coasts / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention / clean up
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Climate action
1) 10000 sq m area serve as buffer zone where immigration and emigration of different varieties of fishes takes place, some become resident population start breeding which lead to the increase in the population size of various fish species in the reef area and increases the biomass production2) An estimated 1,90,000 USD worth of biodiversity product/ecosystem service produce per annum3) Planting of One reef structure can sequester in the sea between 3.66 to 10 kg of carbon dioxide every year4) Plant and nurture of 200 l reefs reduced annual CO2 emissions by 732 to 2000 kg every year 5) Considerable savings in fossil fuel and fishing time due to the proximity of the fishing ground in the artificial reef area 6) 5 L of fossil fuel saved per boat per day as they limit the travel to and fro the fishing ground which is below 5km distance from the fishing village and the fishers need not hunt for fish 7) o trhe reduction the CO2 per boat per day is estimated approximately to be 13.25kg
Sustainable Development Impacts
• 600 marginalized Fishermen, Dalit and tribel families who lived Below Poverty Line (BPL) were helped to improve their income and have attained economic status Above Poverty Line (APL) within a period of three years. • 600 marginalized Fishermen, Dalit and tribel families who lived Below Poverty Line (BPL) were helped to improve their income and have attained economic status Above Poverty Line (APL) within a period of three years. • 600 Fisher and tribal women and 200 tribal children nutrition status has been improved by increasing their intake of food from one time a day to three times a day consumption. It was confirmed through a well-being biometric assessment study by measuring the individual weight, high and health screening. • The infant mortality and morbidity has been reduced by 90% by appropriate health care interventions through coordination by the Community Based Organization and peoples federation with the government and other Non Government organizations.
• All the children of fishermen, Dalit and tribe going to school regularly which has reduced 90 percent child labour activities and reduced the school dropouts.
This innovation reduces ooverty land improves quality of living
The innovation of deployment of Reef for fish structures has demonstrated cost effective fishery resource enhancement for sustainable fishing and conserve coastal biodiversity as an impact for the widespread adoption for the livelihood development of the marginalized fishermen community and also address the national food security issue.
UNDP GEF SGP CEE project has supported PLANT to implement one Reef Fabrication and Deployment project at Cuddalore district in Tamilnadu and later will be scaled up and replicate the innovation in other coastal states in India.
As an outcome of this project, the Hon’ble Australian consulate in Chennai recognized PLANT as their partner agency to implement a similar kind of live rock project in Tamilnadu. They have sanctioned the worth of Indian Ruppees 2,400,000 project.
In the mean time Hon’ble Australian Consulate in Chennai request PLANT to participate in the Blue Economy Aquaculture challenges project in the coming years as a long term project.
Reef for Fish for Ever” project is being replicated in Ten villages “ at Kalpakkam in Kancheepuram district with the support of MAPS Corporate Social Responsibility fund. Reef for Fish for Ever” project is being replicated in Ten villages “ at Kalpakkam in Kancheepuram district with the support of MAPS Corporate Social Responsibility fund.
• Replication taken place in other maritime state coastal area also, as in the case of Gujarat has sanctioned Rs. 36 million ($ 57,16,285) for the deployment of reefs in 14 sites along the Kutch District coast.
• The fishing community actively participated in the process of analyzing and re-framing the policy in the context of fishery sector organized by the UNDP FAO Fishery Management for Sustainable Livelihood project. It was recommended to frame new marine fisheries policies and inclusion of Reef for Fish for Ever project for the sustainable livelihood of the fishermen in India.
The fishing community along with the NGO is already doing the scaling up reef project to replicate in other coastal villages in India to address the national food security issues.
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