A panel of experts, who met at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Tuesday, said a forecasting model would be developed for long-term prediction on the availability of the Indian oil sardine on a regular basis. A collaborative research initiative partnering different institutions was required to develop the forecasting model, they said at the end of a day-long national sympoisum on the near collapse in sardine fish catch in India. They considered various reasons for fluctuations in oil sardine availability in the southern Arabian sea. The panel expressed the view that added fishing pressure during the period of scarcity would lead to further collapse of the resource. (…)