NMFS and India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) Agree to Conduct Joint Research on Small Pelagic Fishes and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

NMFS and India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) are collaborating to conduct research on key pelagic fish stocks and harmful algal blooms (HABs).   India is the world’s second most populous country and relies heavily on its fisheries for food security.  Small pelagic fishes like oil-sardines, Indian mackerels and anchovies contribute almost 55% of the marine fish catch from the South East Arabian Sea – an upwelling system off the southwest coast of India.  Recently, unexplained variations in the size of these small pelagic fish populations have begun to threaten the sustainability of these resources.  In addition, an increase in the frequency and extent of HABs along the coastal and oceanic areas of India has raised concern about changing environmental conditions and threats to the marine ecosystem.

In February 2013, scientists from both agencies met in Hyderabad, India to discuss opportunities for exchanging scientific information and to address means to predict variations in small pelagic fish populations and to improve HAB monitoring and forecasting. See the Workshop Report for more details. In addition, in August 2013, NMFS and the MoES signed a “Statement of Intent” that defines the types of research collaborations that will be supported by each country. 


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