Kochi: Marine experts at a workshop organised by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)on threatened and protected elasmobranchs asked for revisiting the list of marine elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). Leading marine experts on Saturday demanded that it's time for revisiting the list of marine elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) reference to the Wildlife Protection Act (1972). In the meeting its suggested for a special provision for marine conservation may be brought in considering stakeholder interaction and also considering the complexity of use in marine water.
The meeting also called for periodic scientific assessment of the species protected under the WPA and modification in the listing, as almost two decades have elapsed since the inclusion of 10 species of elasmobranchs in the protected list.
P.U.Zacharia, head of the Demersal Fisheries Division of CMFRI asked to conduct studies on how existing policies related to protection of shark on the livelihood of fishermen. He also added "Any suggestions on the conservation of these resources will consider the interest and opinions of the stakeholders too. "