ITS TIME FOR SOME “FISHY” FESTIVAL IN GOA
Panaji (Goa): The Aqua Goa Mega Fish Festival is back with its fourth edition. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has lauded efforts of the Goa government for improving infrastructure to ease fishing business in the State that is famous for its ‘fish culture.’
“Goa is lying on coastal area and therefore is known for its fish food culture. Those who come to Goa prefer to have taste of Goan food. Fishing is the professional activity of some of the people in the state. The Government has therefore strengthened infrastructure for fishing sector to boost production,” she said after inaugurating the Aqua Mega Fish Festival at Campal ground last evening.
The four-day long event provides a common platform for stakeholders to come together to build a strong economy in the fisheries sector and to form bond between the traditional fishing industry and a technology driven industry. The highlights of the event is aquarium fish gallery, commercial stalls, live fish pond competitions, along with seminars and workshops promoting fishing sector as one of the career option for the youths
Sinha said the mega event will help stakeholders from fishing sector to exhibit their tradition and the technology used for fishing production.
“Goa enjoys distinct place in this aspect and the festival will help to showcase fishing tradition of Goa and use of technology to enhance fishing production,” she added.
Minister for Fisheries Vinod Palienkar said that government is working towards upliftment of the fishermen to improve their socio-economic status. “Fishing is the main activity of the people who are settled on the coastal area of the state. Fish contributes to be the main food of the people and the Government is dedicated for the growth of this activity thereby enhancing the production of fish in the State, and help uplift their socio-economic status,” he said.
There were also suggestions to extend the festival at the national level in a bid to further promote varieties of fish available in the State and its authentic style of cooking as well.