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The marine resources of the Indian Ocean directly impact the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on fishing, aquaculture, and related industries. Discuss.

Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent);

1. The marine resources of the Indian Ocean directly impact the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on fishing, aquaculture, and related industries. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the resource richness of the Indian ocean and its economic implications.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving brief of Indian ocean and its vast ocean resources.

Body:

First, draw a neat diagram showing major resources. Write in detail the economic implications of the resources mentioned in the introduction.

Next, write about the importance of marine resources – Fishing, Marine Biotechnology, Minerals, Tourism & Leisure and Education and research etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising and ways to sustainably harness the above.