KOCHI: Aquaculture practices should follow eco-friendly methods in order to achieve sustainable development of the fisheries sector, said Fisheries Minister K Babu. He was speaking after inaugurating the Prof Alikunhi Chair for Sustainable Aquaculture Systems at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), here on Saturday.
“Depletion of the indigenous fish stock is a serious threat to the fish bio-diversity of the State.
“Awareness programmes for farmers should be arranged in this regard. Also, appropriate farming technologies should be developed under the new Chair at the KUFOS to meet the challenges faced by the sector. We have to utilise indigenous fish varieties for diversified fish farming, and the seed production of the same is to be developed extensively,” the Minister said.
He also said that unscientific fishing and ‘overfishing’ should be curbed strictly.