National seminar of “Aquaculture Diversification: The Way Forward for Blue Revolution” was organizedat ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar during 1-3 December, 2016.
Dr. P.Jayasankar, Director, ICAR-CIFA & Convener, NaSAD-2016 exhorted to think beyond Indian major carps, and commented that more species and systems are right steps for increasing fish production and productivity.
Dr. S. N. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswarsuggested that availability of quality seeds of diversified species would offer variable options to the farmer.
Dr. K. K. Vijayan, Director, ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennairequested all the participants to debate on strength and weakness of all the available technologies and prioritize them.
Dr. A. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainitalpreferred to shun exotics for aquaculture.
Dr. C. N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin, Kochiemphasized on various challenges before the aquaculture sector.
Dr. B. K. Das, Secretary, AoA, & Director, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackporeendorsed enclosure culture in reservoirs and diversification of aquaculture.
Dr. S. D. Tripathi, Former Director, ICAR-Central Institute on Fisheries Education, Mumbaielaborated the foundation of aquaculture research and development carried out in post-independence era in India.
Over 180 participants deliberated upon 5 sub-themes viz., Breeding and Seed Production; New Frontiers in Aquaculture; Fish Nutrition and Physiology; Social Science Research in Aquaculture; Fish Health Management & Aquatic Environment Management.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar)