UNDP TA DEEP-SEA FISHING OPERATIONS. India 1969 . The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO now has four master fishermen in India conducting a United Nations Development Programme-Technical Assistance (UNDP-TA) project. The four FAO experts carry out experimental fishing and train local personnel in modern techniques of finding and catching fish. After demonstration fishing by FAO experts, and later by the Indo-Norwegian project at
Kerala, small motorboats, designed and built with the advice of FAO naval architects and boat builders, were constructed locally in increasing numbers for operation out of river mouths and a few available harbours. There are now some 6,ooo to 7,000 mechanized fishing boats in India, large numbers of fishermen have been trained and harbours are being built. The time has come to introduce larger vessels, and the Government of India is having some forty 57-foot vessels built that will be operated by the Deep Sea Fishing Organization, Fisheries Departments and Fisheries Development Corporations in the various coastal states.
FAO master fisherman G. Sigurdsson (left) and FAO purse seining expert H. Jakobsson, both from Iceland, look over the first of the 57-foot long fishing trawlers waiting for launching in Bombay. This vessel will be operated by the Deep Sea Fishing Organization of the Government of India, to which the two experts are attached.