28th January 2017, Vizhinjam
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the Recirculating Aquaculture System (ARS) at the Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute today.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister said farmer-friendly technologies should be developed to attract people into fish farming. “In order to solve the issues in the fisheries sector following the decline in the availability fishes from the sea, steps should be taken to improve the facilities and technologies for boosting the fish production through alternative ways”, he added.
He said mariculture practices should be given due importance to increase marine fish production. “Sea cage farming is one of the best alternatives to increase the fish production and improve fisheries sector”, he said lauding the CMFRI for its initiatives to popularise the technology of cage farming across the coastal states.
Appreciating the efforts of Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI in marine ornamental fish and ‘mabe’ pearl productions, the Minister said farming of ornamental fishes and pearl oysters should also be promoted among the farmers by giving training to them. He visited hatcheries and marine aquarium.
The 30-ton capacity Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) at ICAR-CMFRI, Vizhinjam was developed to boost the seed production for commercially important marine fishes especially for sea cage farming. The RAS utilises a series of filtration systems to recycle seawater used in fish rearing tanks so that optimum water quality can be maintained for marine finfish bloodstock development.
According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, the newly installed RAS facility at the CMFRI could accelerate the growth of mariculture in the country. He said sea cage farming of commercially important fish species such as silver pompano, cobia, groupers, lobsters etc. would help the country to increase its blue economy.
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin)