Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Fishermen Community


IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF FISHERMEN COMMUNITY IN YANAM, PUDUCHERRY: AN ANALYSIS

Kattungi Vijaya Sekhar; Dr. A. Irin , Sutha; Dr. R. Uma Devi

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 869-880

The Global pandemic, COVID-19 has unpredictable impacts on all the sectors of the
economy throughout the globe and no exception to the fishing sector. The fisheries sector
plays a vital role in the economy by providing food & employment to millions of people and
defining the cultural identity of many coastal communities and contributing to keep them
alive. The outbreak and the resultant lockdown in India have greatly affected the livelihoods
of fishing communities across India. Though the lockdown may help in arresting the spread of
corona virus; but has a chronic impact on the livelihoods of vulnerable population
particularly on food systems, storage and market chains, both locally and regionally. Yanam is
a coastal line in which most of the people depends on fishing for their bread and butter. As a
consequence of the current pandemic, thousands of fishermen lost their employment and
suffered increasing inequality and poverty. On this backdrop, the present study has been
undertaken to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the Livelihoods of Fishermen community
in Yanam, Puducherry.