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Doubling the income of fish farmers is the major challenge to be met by fisheries experts in India, observed delegates attending the 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum.
The fisheries and aquaculture sector, which is currently growing at a uniform rate of 5-6 percent, is likely to expand at a higher rate, according to V Ramachandra Raju, president, SIFA.
Governor P Sathasivam called for stricter measures to protect marine biodiversity and to promote aquaculture as an alternative means of increasing fish production in the state.
Shrimp farming in India has seen a major decline since the deadly white spot syndrome affected native species a decade ago.
Cultured shrimp now contributed over 70 per cent in terms of quantity, about 80 per cent in terms of export value and over 53 per cent in terms of value of seafood exports.