Union Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan on 27 July 2017 launched ‘Sagar Vani’ system to communicate and help the coastal community, especially fishermen, with advisories and warnings related to the safety at sea. The Integrated Information Dissemination System (IDS) ‘Sagar Vani’, a first in India, was launched as the Minister inaugurated the 11th Foundation Day of Earth Sciences.
Sagar Vani’ seeks to target the reach of information to the 9.27 lakh people involved in actual fishing either full or part time. The system that can send information in regional languages through various platforms including radio, television, voice calling, text service, social media, mobile apps and e-mail aims at timely dissemination of ocean information and advisory services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings.
India has 3,288 marine fishing villages and 1,511 marine fish landing centres with marine fisherfolk population of 3,999,214. About 15,11,703 marine fisherfolk are engaged in active fishing while about 9,27,120 fishermen were involved in actual fishing either full or part time. Presently, advisories are being disseminated from different service sections and through various stakeholders and partners, which might cause delay in dissemination of the services. The ‘Sagar Vani’ is a software platform where various dissemination modes will be integrated on a single central server.