Renewable Energy Solutions for Sustainable Fishing Practices and Improved Livelihoods of the Fisherfolk in the South West Coast of India


This paper looks at the application of renewable energy solutions for sustainable fishing practices and improved livelihoods of the fisherfolk in the south west coast of India. This region is featured with the indigenous coastal community which is known for their traditional and sustainable fishing practices. At the same time, they are considered to be one of the most economically deprived communities. This is mainly because limited fish catch and the increasing operation cost that create financial instability. The current practices of fishing methods highly depend on the diesel and the existing study results suggesting 70% of the total expense is spent for voyage alone. This leads to increased financial burden on the fishermen as well as generating an environmental problem in terms of increased carbon emission and pollution. In this context, the study is focused upon critical analysis of the usage of solar panel on fishing vessels that are used for the pilot project previously and its techno financial analysis. The data were collected from the fisher folk through interactions with them in their livelihood areas and secondary data from the peer reviewed sources. The results show solar energy could effectively reduce fuel consumption and improved economic efficiency. However, the pilot project could not continue and extend to many areas as the capital investment was high and limited financial support. The study recommends a new model of integrated solar and conventional fuel model and policy framework to include a financial model reducing the primary cost burden on the fisherfolk

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Anand R.M., TRAMCO India, India

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Conference: ECSEE2018
Stream: Energy: Renewable Energy and Environmental Solutions

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