KOCHI: More than ten countries will be represented at the fifth international symposium on ‘Cage Aquaculture in Asia’ to be held here from November 25 to 28 under the joint aegis of Asian Fisheries Society and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).
Nearly 300 hundred participants, including scientists, academicians, students, farmers, entrepreneurs and policy makers, will be part of the deliberations.
The symposium will deal mainly with five topics related to cage aquaculture, an emerging trend in the fisheries sector in the country.
The discussions will be held on production systems, breeding and seed production, nutrition and feed, health and environment managements and economics, livelihood and policies related to cage aquaculture.
Dr S Ayyappan, Director General of ICAR, will inaugurate the symposium to be held at Hotel Radission Blu here.
Dr J K Rena, incoming president of Asian Fisheries Society, will preside. Dr Mohan Joseph Modayil and Dr Derek Staples will be guests of honour. In the absence of a mariculture policy in the country, the symposium is expected to come up with policy guidelines on open water cage culture by drawing from the experience of countries that have taken big strides in the area, said Dr A Gopalakrishnan, convener of the symposium and the director of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at a press conference here on Monday.