Aug 12, 2017: With an aim to create awareness among children about importance of fish and fishery products in people’s lives, the Marine Products Export Development Authority(MEPEDA), is organizing a national level quiz competition ’Marine Quest 2017’ for school students across coastal states of India. Karnataka rounds will be held on August 12. Regional rounds will also be held in Kerala, Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
Teams from regional rounds will compete in grand finale to be organised in Kochi on August 24. Contest is open for students of Classes VIII to XII, of all educational boards - state/CBSE/ICSE. "We will host regional level competition in 9 coastal states. This is the fourth edition of the event and MPEDA’s focus is to make children aware of contribution of marine products exports towards our national economy," said MPEDA chairman A Jayathilak.
Winning team at the finals will win Rs 25,000 cash award. First and second runners up will get prize money of Rs 15,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively. Around 60% of the quiz questions will be related directly to fisheries sector and remaining will be mostly general knowledge. MPEDA will arrange accommodation/food and reimburse travel up to 3-tier AC train ticket fare for qualifying teams and one accompanying person for attending the semifinal/final rounds.