Mariculture and aquaculture make significant contribution to nutrition, livelihood, employment and trade in developing countries. Because of rising population, urbanization and rising incomes, the demand for fisheries and its development has been shooting up. Hence, both on national and international levels development and education on mariculture cannot be neglected. Therefore it becomes important to manage and develop mariculture and aquaculture which is environmentally sustainable. 1

Under ICZMP, GEC along with UTHAAN (an NGO based out of Gujarat) had recently conducted orientations on crab and lobster farming in Mundra, Maliya and Mandvi regions of Gujarat. The orientation included sessions on social benefits, livelihood benefits and farming benefits generated out of mariculture and aquaculture development. Experts from GEC as well as UTHAAN also shared case studies and demonstrations which involved detailed information on cultivation and growth of lobsters and crabs.

With this initiative, GEC made the beneficiaries realize the importance and potential of aquaculture as a source of social and economic development. 2Throughout the World, fisheries have been a sector which provides livelihood and nutrition to millions of people.  It has been contributing to both social and economic growth and sustainability.  By educating the people who are the core care takers is going to add to the benefits generated out of its development. Hence it is recommended by Governments to consider all the demands and phases related to aquaculture under ICZM.

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