KOCHI: A seminar on ‘Conservation of Fisheries Resources’, organised by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean studies (KUFOS), proposed formation of model fish villages for enhancing aquaculture production.
The seminar, organised at the venue of the Kochi International Book Festival here, also called for implementation of an integrated management project to protect the Vembanadu lake.
KUFOS Vice-chancellor B Madhusoodana Kurup, who inaugurated the seminar, said every village in the State should take up projects to conduct fish farming effectively, by utilising inland water resources.
“Our villages should be self-reliant in aquaculture. We are yet to exploit the State’s highly prospective inland fishery resources. At a time when marine fisheries are facing many challenges, we should focus more on inland aquaculture,” he said, adding that the country should emulate the model adopted by China to increase aquaculture production.
“There are 30,000 fish villages in China, which play a pivotal role in boosting fish production in that country.
China enjoys the first place in aquaculture production in the world,” he pointed out.
Indian Council of Agriculture Research former deputy director general Gopakumar said global warming was taking a toll on fishery resources.
“Pelagic species such as sardine, mackerel and anchovy are very sensitive to variations in seawater temperature.
“If global warming continues unabated, there would be depletion of such fish resources along the Indian coasts,” he said.
KUFOS Academic Consultant K V Thomas said that integrated management of lakes and canals was necessary to protect fish resources in the water bodies.
M K Sajeevan and K V Jayachandran presented papers at the seminar. KUFOS registrar V M Victor George, S Suresh Kumar, Adv Sasi Sankar and Anwar Ali also spoke.