The setting up of the panel is significant in the light of the fact that the US has imposed anti-dumping duty on Indian seafood exports, citing the impact of the recent tsunami.
The expert panel will study the possible impact this US measure will have on fishermen, aquaculturists and downstream processors. It will also assess the impact, if any, on marine catches.
The panel, headed by the director of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services K Radhakrishnan, consists of five members and a convenor.
The five members are the director of National Institute of Oceanography, director of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, chairman of Marine Products Exports Development Authority, representative of Seafoods Exporters Association of India and Dr VN Sanjeevan, senior scientist at Centre for Marine Living Resources. The director of Integrated Coastal Marine Area Management, Dr V Sampath is the convenor of the expert panel.