KOCHI: The 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia (CAA5) began here on Wednesday with an emphasis on “the greening of the Blue Revolution” and sustainable aquaculture development.
The symposium, participated by nearly 300 participants from 10 countries, was inaugurated by Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi.
In his inaugural address, Dr Ayyappan said that the greening of the Blue Revolution aimed at increasing fisheries production and emphasised on sustainable aquaculture development. Referring to the cage aquaculture in the country, he said that more people are coming forward to take up fish farming in a protected environment.
In his presidential address, Dr.J.K.Jena, Chairman, AFSIB and Director, NBFGR,Lucknow emphasised the modernisation of cages and favourable government policies to support cage farming. The motto should be fish for all for today, tomorrow and for ever. India should take lessons from Norway and Chile, countries that made big strides in cage cultre and doubled the production, he suggested.
Dr Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, Dr Alice Joan Ferrer, Vice President, Asian Fisheries Society, (AFS) and Dr Derek Staples immediate Past President, AFS, Malaysia, also spoke.
The symposium will conclude on November 28.