Under the aegis of SIFFS, a Fisheries Management Council (FIMAC) comprising of various fisherpeople groups and representatives from the fisheries department was inaugurated at Alappad on 26 December 2009. The council was formed with the intent of sustainably managing the fishery of Alappad by the fishermen themselves.
Fishermen of Alappad were indulging in unsustainable practices resulting in poor harvests which pushed fishermen into debt. They realised that increasing the size of boats and nets will not guarantee abundant fish and that the fish resources were limited. A series of discussions were held exposing fishermen leaders to scientists and fisheries managers who explained the need for sustainable regulation of the fishery.
The diversity of fishing groups in Alappad demands that decisions made on regulating the fishery should be in consultation with the interests of various groups and a final consensus should be favouring all such groups. Regulations should not be imposed upon fishermen - they should be discussed and agreed upon by fishermen prior to implementation.
The committee also discussed various issues faced by the fishery at Alappad and suggested ways to overcome them.
This is probably the first time a fisheries management council was formed at village level by fishermen to regulate and manage their own fishery.