February 26, 2015 … Chief Minister Shri Laximikant Parsekar launched new fisheries training vessel “Ocean Queen” at Captain of Ports” jetty Panaji.
Minister for Fisheries Shri Avertano Furtado , MLA Shri Siddarth Kunkolienkar, Secretary of Fisheries Shri Amjat Tak, Director of Fisheries Smt. Shamila Monteiro, Captain of Ports, Capt. James Braganza, Superintendent of Fisheries, Smt. Megha Kerkar and others were present.
Marine Fisheries sector plays a very important role for the State of Goa. Fishing in the seas is becoming increasingly unpredictable and risky, so it was felt necessary to training the fishermen to be equipped with knowledge of operating GPS, fish finder, life saving equipment and various fishing techniques. The fisher youth will be train in seamanship and navigation, different life saving equipment on board. The vessel launched is trawler cum purse-seiner. The total cost of the project is 118 lakhs which come under the RKVY scheme. The Fisheries department has a target to train 200 fishermen per year. The boat has been built by Shri Raymond of Desa Engineering works at a cost of Rs. 90,69,000/-.