Model Fish Villages to Boost Aquaculture

Published: 12th December 2015 06:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2015 06:50 AM   |  A+A-

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.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp