WORLD FISHERIES DAY 2004

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Once again we are getting ready to celebrate World Fisheries Day on 21^st November. It is a day of fisher people all over the World to realize that they are at the center of Development and Management of Resources. World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) is very happy to join this celebration. The seafarers, the fisher women, fish workers and their families are very much involved in this.

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We are going through a crisis that fish is depleted through factory vessels, bottom trawling, over fishing and pollution. Unless we address these issues collectively, the crisis will deepen We have to keep fighting over capacity, over fishing, destructive gears, and pollution of various kinds. The water bodies are polluted by Sewage waste, Industrial Waste, Plastics, Atomic Waste. If this continues all the water bodies in the World will become highly polluted and life will be at stake on the planet. In the name of Development we cannot destroy life. Livelihood of millions of people depends on these water bodies. It is our responsibility and duty to protect these water bodies for the sustenance of the people and the planet. Let us march forward with the slogan PROTECT WATERS PROTECT LIFE.

We would like to conclude this message with certain words from the Chief of Seattle, who uttered these in 1854: “Every part of the earth is sacred to my people… Our dead never forget their beautiful earth, for it is the mother of the RED MAN. We are part of the earth and we are part of it… The shining water, which moves in the streams and rivers, is not just water but the blood of our ancestors. ……. Each ghostly reflection in the clear water of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father. The rivers are our brothers and sisters, they quench our thirst. The rives carry our canoes, and feed our children… The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth… If men spit upon earth, they spit upon themselves. All are interconnected. Each one depends on each other.”

So let the Fisher Peoples of the World unite to promote and protect our MOTHER EARTH WITH ALL HER NATURAL RESOURCES OF WATER, LAND AND FORESTS. AS WE CELEBRATE WORLD FISHERIES DAY ON NOVEMBER 21^st , LET US PROCLAIM IN UNISON: WE WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR MOTHER OCEAN ANF THE MARINE RESOURCES AS LONG AS WE HAVE LIFE LEFT IN OUR BODY. 

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World Forum of Fisher peoples (WFFP)

Velankanny Junction, Valiathura, 

Thiruvananthapuram-695008, India. 

Tel/Fax. (91) 471 2501 376, Tel. 2505216


Email: fishers@eth.net , nff@vsnl.com .

Web: www.wffp.org