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‘Parametric insurance schemes could be drawn from weather and ocean observation models’

Kochi: At a time when the lives and property of thousands of fisher families are jeopardised by sea level rise and climate-induced weather uncertainties, fishery experts have suggested climate risk insurance which, according to them, could be an option for dealing with the risks following natural calamities.  

Viewing that penetration of insurance is still low in the fisheries sector, especially in the capture fisheries, they highlighted that parametric insurance could be a viable option to move forward in mitigating climate risks. “Parametric insurance programmes can be developed based on weather and ocean observation models even with limited data”, they said.

The experts were speaking at an international symposium on ‘Insulating Marine Fisheries Sector in South Asia from Uncertainties: Global Experiences with Insurance’ jointly organised by the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-governmental Organisation (BOBP), the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), and Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University in collaboration with the World Bank, as a side event during the 12th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum held in Chennai.

The symposium called for subsidising the insurance premium initially to popularize them, even though in the long run, it is desirable that such products be made affordable to small-scale fishers and farmers. It also recommended that micro insurance can also be a potential solution as effective linkages between insurance companies and fishers are yet to be developed. Experts further said that technology solutions including risk modelling and forecasting as well as legislative support would also be required to create the necessary incentives for buyers and sellers to consider the appropriate insurance products. 

Apart from marine scientists and socio-economic experts from research institutes, representatives from the World Bank, FAO, Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA), Nalanda University and ICICI-Lombard participated in the discussion. During the discussion, speakers pointed out that out of 4.56 million vessels globally, only 0.45 million vessels are insured citing the studies by the FAO during 2006 to 2022.

Inaugurating the symposium, Dr. C. Suvarna, Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) said that the fisheries sector is at the crossroads of possibilities and vulnerabilities and climate risks mitigation should be factored in while developing strategies. Dr. K.S. Palanisamy, IAS, Commissioner of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu, Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of the CMFRI spoke during the occasion.  Besides, Country representatives from Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Bangladesh and Thailand presented their experiences and future plans for mitigating the risks of marine fishers. 

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Indian Fisheries Outlook 2022 inaugurated today at ICAR-CIFRI http://www.aquapost.in/indian-fisheries-outlook-2022-inaugurated-today-at-icar-cifri/ http://www.aquapost.in/indian-fisheries-outlook-2022-inaugurated-today-at-icar-cifri/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2022 16:45:05 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1926 Barrackpore (Kolkata): The Indian Fisheries Outlook (IFO) 2022 was held at ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore today. The three days (March 22-24) IFO 2022 was organized by ICAR-CIFRI in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Society of India and Professional Fisheries Graduate Forum. About 500 scientists, researchers, policy planners, development agencies experts, officers of state […]

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Barrackpore (Kolkata): The Indian Fisheries Outlook (IFO) 2022 was held at ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore today. The three days (March 22-24) IFO 2022 was organized by ICAR-CIFRI in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Society of India and Professional Fisheries Graduate Forum.

About 500 scientists, researchers, policy planners, development agencies experts, officers of state fisheries departments of India and other countries, industry representatives had participated in this mega event.

Welcoming to the guests and delegates, Dr B K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI said “The IFO 2022 will provide a platform for all research institutes, students and aquaculture professionals to share their knowledge and interact with farmers, manufacturers, suppliers and all other stakeholders for the sustainable development of the sector”.

Delivering a special address, Dr. J K Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science), ICAR said, “We have a very challenging task before us. We have set an ambitious target of 22 million tons fish production in the next four-five years. In addition to production issues, quality and safety are the areas need to be given focus. We want to increase our exports. We have to analyze the issues at hand. We need to be pragmatic in our approach.  One approach can’t work in every situation or region. It may vary from state to state and species to species.  We have to develop the domestic market in addition to addressing the international market challenges.”

Shri Bankim Chandra Hazra, Minister of Sundarban Affairs, Government of West Bengal who graced the occasion as Chief Guest said, “More than 15 million people depend on the aquaculture sector. It has contributed to the national food as well as nutritional security. Adding further, he said, “The Sundari Sundarban program which has been announced by our Hon’ble Chief Minister has transformed the socio-economic conditions of tribal people of the Sundarban region.” The Minister also appreciated the effort of ICAR-CIFRI in introducing the aquaculture system in Sundarban areas and handholding the tribal people.

The Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Dr Riji John K said, ” KUFOS is working towards meeting the manpower requirements in the fisheries sector in the country as well as in the state. Each of us has recognized fish is not only a cheap nutrition but also a healthy food.”

Gracing the occasion, Swami Suparnananda Magaraj, Honorary Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture spoke on the synergy between science and civilization.

The three days conference will have technical sessions, industry meet, ICAR-CIFRI Platinum Jubilee function, award ceremony, plenary sessions, and exhibitions. This conference will cover following thematic areas- Recent advances in Indian aquaculture for attaining SDGs, Fisheries resource management for sustainable fisheries Biotechnological Interventions for Improving fisheries production, Health and environment management for sustainable fisheries, Fisheries post-harvest technology and value addition, Fisheries extension, governance, and policies in respect to climate change

Dr B B Nayak, Head and Principal Scientist, Fisheries Resources, Harvest and Post-Harvest, ICAR CIFE and  General Secretary, Professional Fisheries Graduates Forum had introduced the objective of the IFO 2022 while Dr B K Behera, Head and Principal Scientist, AEBN Division and Secretary, IFO delivered vote of thanks.

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Utrecht (The Netherlands)- The first ever Global Shrimp Forum will take place on 6-8 September 2022 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It has been announced today. The Forum is the warm water shrimp industry’s first dedicated annual conference and business meeting, aiming to drive the shrimp industry towards a resilient and sustainable future.
 
The global warm water shrimp production doubled over the last 10 years, and over the next 30 years, demand for seafood is expected to increase further. Global trade of farmed shrimp will continue to expand connecting the producing countries with consumers in many markets around the globe. But this USD 20 billion per year industry doesn’t have its own meeting place where all different businesses and stakeholders can connect. 
 
The Global Shrimp Forum will cover relevant and urgent business topics such as:

  • Production and market outlooks
  • innovation and technologies that transform shrimp production, supply chains and markets
  • legal and regulatory challenges
  • new and upcoming producers and niche products
  • finance and investment.

The Global Shrimp Forum will become the largest unique top-executive meeting place for the shrimp industry, bringing together more than 400 leading players across the entire supply chain.

The Global Shrimp Forum is initiated by an independent non-for-profit foundation set up by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Shrimp Insights, and Contango. The purpose of the Global Shrimp Forum Foundation (GSFF) is to establish a global platform for knowledge sharing, innovation, and industry value-chain collaboration for driving a sustainable future for the industry. Besides ASC, Shrimp Insights and Contango, Johan Brouwer – former executive at Marine Harvest and Seafood Connection and today working for Veramaris – also has a seat on the Global Shrimp Forum Foundation board.

Willem van der Pijl, owner of Shrimp Insights, and founder, board member and Managing Director of Global Shrimp Forum, said: ‘The shrimp industry is fragmented. It consists of hundreds of thousands of farmers, thousands of importers and exporters, and many more companies that support the industry with ingredients, technologies, services and finance and investment.

‘This high level of fragmentation makes it difficult to convene a meeting where all these players feel represented, which is why the Global Shrimp Forum is such an important initiative.

‘Establishing a dedicated platform for everyone who wants to be part of a dialogue on not only the challenges confronting the shrimp industry but also the potential solutions is greatly needed. I view it as my personal mission to make this initiative successful.’

Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC, and Chair of GSFF said: ‘Only through collaboration can impactful change be delivered. ASC’s commitment to this Forum reflects our dedication to collaborating with all those committed to recognizing and rewarding responsible aquaculture and to those actively looking to support the sector to make broadscale improvements.’

‘The warm water shrimp industry deserves its own independent global platform where all facets of the industry – from exporters to importers, from feed companies to tech companies, retailers and brands but also financial institutions and NGOs, researchers and policy makers – can meet, share expertise and collaborate.’

Brahmanandam Potru, Chairman and Managing Director of Devi Seafoods said: ‘Devi Sea Foods has been in the industry for nearly three decades and has a presence in all sections of the shrimp supply chain. As one of the large shrimp producers from India, Devi Sea Foods has been working towards responsible sourcing by participating in improvement programs for sustainability and traceability.

‘The Global Shrimp Forum would be an ideal platform for industry participants with diverse experiences and perspectives to share their learning and build better solutions for the global shrimp industry.’

Amy Novogratz, Managing Partner of AquaSpark said: ‘We are grateful for the opportunity to participate as founding partners of GSF. As a fund invested in multiple shrimp solutions across the value chain, including alternative feed ingredients, disease battling, Digital Aquatech, and data powered marketplaces, we see the shrimp industry radically changing for the better. Bringing these solutions together with farmers, industry and other stakeholders to foster cooperation and an aligned vision of the future of shrimp is an imperative and exciting next step.’

The Forum will meet on an annual basis over a 3-day period in early September in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This location is at the heart of the European markets, and functions as a hub for tech companies and investors. The conference will be relevant for producers and exporters, importers, feed companies, ingredient suppliers, technology companies, finance and investment agencies, governments, and civil society organizations. 

Hassan Skøien, Global Marketing & Innovation Director Shrimp of Skretting, said:
‘The Global Seafood Forum is an excellent initiative to gather all relevant stakeholders of one of the fastest growing seafood sectors, the shrimp industry. A platform representing the whole supply chain from East to West will help find solutions for the most urgent challenges we are facing.’

Estelle Brennan, Head of Sustainability of Labeyrie Fine Foods UK, said: ‘Labeyrie Fine Foods is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Global Shrimp Forum, supporting the ASC and the Global Shrimp Forum team bringing together leading players of all facets of the shrimp value chains. Labeyrie firmly believes that such collaborative forums are essential to bolster collective actions and drive improvements.’

Jorgen J. Lund, CEO of Contango AS, Oslo, and one of the three founders of the Global Shrimp Forum, said: ‘As the founder of the world’s largest seafood conference in Norway in 2005, NASF, I am proud to team up with the ASC and Shrimp Insights to form this unique global top-executive venue,  similar in format to NASF, solely for the warm-water shrimp industry. This will be a unique commercial platform for the entire shrimp industry worldwide to congregate and meet on a venue created for the industry and by the industry!’

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CMFRI turns 75; launches year-long celebration campaign http://www.aquapost.in/cmfri-turns-75-launches-year-long-celebration-campaign/ http://www.aquapost.in/cmfri-turns-75-launches-year-long-celebration-campaign/#respond Thu, 03 Feb 2022 12:53:58 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1913 Kochi: The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) turned 75 years old on Thursday. On the occasion, the institute kick-started a one-year-long campaign that includes various activities to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations. Established in 1947, the CMFRI has been playing a pivotal role in stewarding India’s marine fishery resources since its inception. Over the […]

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Kochi: The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) turned 75 years old on Thursday. On the occasion, the institute kick-started a one-year-long campaign that includes various activities to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations.

Established in 1947, the CMFRI has been playing a pivotal role in stewarding India’s marine fishery resources since its inception. Over the past seven and half decades, the CMFRI which joined the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1967, has grown significantly in size and stature emerging as a leading tropical marine fisheries research hub in the world.

During the foundation day celebration, Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General of the ICAR was the chief guest. He urged the CMFRI scientists to prioritise their focus of research in accordance with the urgent need of the society and the nation. “The Central Government is focusing on strengthening mariculture based alternative livelihood options like seaweed farming, marine ornamental fish culture etc. This would offer better livelihood options to the coastal communities and thereby support the country’s economy”, he said.

CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan said that the institute broadened its objectives by diversifying towards potentially rewarding arenas such as mariculture, genetic and biotechnological applications. Keeping tab of the changes in the sector, research on climate change and bioprospecting will also be strengthened, he said.

Elaborating on the future plan of the institute, Dr Gopalakrishnan further said: “Given that mariculture is going to be a game changer in ensuring future fish production and also in providing income and employment security for coastal fishers, the CMFRI will focus on precision mariculture with the aid of smart tools and automation with Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. Apart from this, a number of emerging areas of importance include marine environment management, marine biodiversity research, marine spatial planning, species identification and description, marine pollution research, fish disease diagnosis and control, resource monitoring and assessment, socioeconomics and so on, he added.

The logo for the year-long celebration was unveiled on the occasion. A theme song also was released.

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CMFRI identifies new fish from Indian waters http://www.aquapost.in/cmfri-identifies-new-fish-from-indian-waters/ http://www.aquapost.in/cmfri-identifies-new-fish-from-indian-waters/#respond Wed, 02 Feb 2022 08:09:47 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1910 Kochi: Adding one more fish to India’s marine biodiversity, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has identified a new carangid (Vatta) species from the Indian coast. The newly described fish belongs to the ‘queen fish’ group and is named as ‘Scomberoides pelagicus’. In local parlance, the fish is known as ‘pola vatta’. CMFRI confirmed it as […]

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Kochi: Adding one more fish to India’s marine biodiversity, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has identified a new carangid (Vatta) species from the Indian coast. The newly described fish belongs to the ‘queen fish’ group and is named as ‘Scomberoides pelagicus’. In local parlance, the fish is known as ‘pola vatta’.

CMFRI confirmed it as a new species after detailed taxonomic and genetic analysis. The new fish is distinct by deep ovate body, concave dorsal head profile and stout and less numerous gill rakers on the first gill arch compared to the closely related species.

There are more than 60 species of carangids in Indian seas, out of which four belong to the ‘queen fish’. Newly described one is the fifth queen fish from Indian waters. All over the world, three queen fishes were extinct earlier. “In the wake of many resources being increasingly threatened by depletion owing to their increasing role in the human food chain, identification of more new fishes assumes significance as it helps enrich marine biodiversity”, said Dr E M Abdussamad, Principal Scientist who identified the fish.

The achievement would also help in the betterment of Indian marine biodiversity status, he added. “In order to conserve marine biodiversity, information on overlooked species, their correct identification, updated taxonomic classification and grouping is the basic requirement”, he said adding that identification of Scomberoides pelagicus would greatly help policy makers, marine scientists and other stakeholders to work on management and conservation plans.

The new fish is available across coasts in the country including Kerala and is highly relished and has good demand in domestic markets.

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Union budget proposes duty cut to boost shrimp farming http://www.aquapost.in/fm-announces-duty-cut-to-boost-shrimp-export/ http://www.aquapost.in/fm-announces-duty-cut-to-boost-shrimp-export/#respond Tue, 01 Feb 2022 07:12:55 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1897 Pravash Pradhan New Delhi, Feb 1: The Union Budget for 2022-23 presented on Tuesday has proposed a duty cut on certain inputs to give a boost to shrimp farming and export. “Duty is being reduced on certain inputs required for shrimp aquaculture to promote its exports,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her budget speech. […]

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New Delhi, Feb 1: The Union Budget for 2022-23 presented on Tuesday has proposed a duty cut on certain inputs to give a boost to shrimp farming and export.

“Duty is being reduced on certain inputs required for shrimp aquaculture to promote its exports,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her budget speech.

“The government announced a cut in the import duty from 30 per cent to 10 per cent on live black tiger shrimp; 30 per cent to 15 per cent on frozen krill and from 30 per cent to 15 per cent on Algal oil for manufacturing aquatic feed”, said Nitin Awasthi of InCred Equities.

“We expect shrimp seed and feed prices to remain the same which should benefit the farmers. We also expected continuation of interest subvention scheme, unfortunately that did not happen,” Aditya Dash, Vice Chairman, MPEDA & MD, Rams Assorted Cold Storage said in his post-budget reaction.

“Shrimp farming is the mainstay of entire marine export. We expected zero import duty on all inputs or a minimum charge. We also wanted the Finance Minister to announce uniform power tariff for shrimp farmers across the country as it (power) shares 10 to 12 per cent of the total cost,” said Dr Manoj Sharma, MD, Mayank Aquaculture in his initial comment on the budget.

The move is expected to lower the production cost of shrimp hatchery and feed.

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Economic survey: Fisheries sector grows at 10.87 per cent http://www.aquapost.in/economic-survey-fisheries-sector-grows-at-10-87-per-cent/ http://www.aquapost.in/economic-survey-fisheries-sector-grows-at-10-87-per-cent/#respond Mon, 31 Jan 2022 13:12:39 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1890 New Delhi: The fisheries sector has demonstrated double-digit average annual growth of 10.87 per cent since 2014-15 with record fish production of 145 lakh tons during 2020-21, said the Economic Survey for 2021-22 tabled in Parliament on Monday. The share of the agriculture and allied sector in total Gross Value Added (GVA) improved to 20.2 per […]

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New Delhi: The fisheries sector has demonstrated double-digit average annual growth of 10.87 per cent since 2014-15 with record fish production of 145 lakh tons during 2020-21, said the Economic Survey for 2021-22 tabled in Parliament on Monday.

The share of the agriculture and allied sector in total Gross Value Added (GVA) improved to 20.2 per cent in the year 2020-21 and 18.8 per cent in 2021-22, the survey said, stating that  livestock, dairying and fisheries were the major contributors of the overall growth trajectory. 

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Genetically modified scampi gains an average weight of 30-35 grams in three months http://www.aquapost.in/genetically-modified-scampi-gains-an-average-weight-of-30-35-grams-in-three-months/ http://www.aquapost.in/genetically-modified-scampi-gains-an-average-weight-of-30-35-grams-in-three-months/#respond Sun, 12 Dec 2021 04:28:34 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1875 A revolution is unfolding in prawn farming in the Haldia block of West Bengal. For, a genetically improved prawn developed in the labs at CIFA Bhubaneswar has gained an average weight of 30-35 grams in flat three months. It holds the potential of a bumper harvest and redefine the prawn market in days to come. […]

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A revolution is unfolding in prawn farming in the Haldia block of West Bengal. For, a genetically improved prawn developed in the labs at CIFA Bhubaneswar has gained an average weight of 30-35 grams in flat three months. It holds the potential of a bumper harvest and redefine the prawn market in days to come.

The genetically improved scampi is indigenous and proving to be fast-growing and disease resistant.

Dr Bindu Raman Pillai, Principal Scientist and Head, Aquaculture Production and Environment Division, ICAR-CIFA and her team have developed the GI-scampi at Bhubaneswar through genetic selection in collaboration with World Fish, Malaysia.

 “We are conducting monthly sampling in the farmers’ field and the result indicated that GI-scampi has gained an average weight of 30-35 g in just 03 months along with carps in polyculture system. The growth of GI-scampi is satisfactory and we are hopeful that the outcome after this culture period will encourage other farmers to adopt”, said Dr Farhana Hoque. He is a scientist at Regional Research Station-Rahara, ICAR-CIFA.

The first on-field demonstration of genetically improved scampi (GI-scampi) in carp-scampi polyculture model was started in West Bengal at Haldia Block from August 2021 by ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA) under Pradhan Mantri Matsyo Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) funded project.

A team led by Dr Hoque and Suman Kumar Sahu, Fishery Extension Officer, Haldia visited the four adopted farmers’ field at Haldia on Friday.

East Midnapore is known for its giant freshwater prawn culture. Farmers in the region prefer to culture non-indigenous white leg shrimp Litopenaeusvannamei for higher profits. Incidences of disease, however, are causing a significant production loss. At such as time, the genetically improved scampi has proved a boon for them.

To assess the performance of this newly developed, fast-growing scampi in the farmer’s field, an on-field demonstration programme was initiated in different states of India.

In West Bengal, four farmers: Suvendu Ballav of Barabari village, Krishnaprasad Samanta of Dighasipur village, Subhrajyoti Sahu of Bamunchak village and Pabitra Mukherjee of Sobharampur Debhog village of Haldia block were adopted for the demonstration.

The farmers received inputs of all kinds like manure, lime, fish feed, fertilizer, and Indian major carps for the demonstration.

The seeds of GI-scampi were supplied from ICAR-CIFA Bhubaneswar in August in the presence of Sanjay Das, BDO, Haldia Block, Dr Debabrata Panda, Scientist CIFA, Suman Kumar Sahu, FEO Haldia, Mr Gakul Maji, Karmadhakshya Haldia Panchayat Samity.

 “We are extremely happy. We are getting all types of support and guidance from Dr Hoque and FEO sir for scientific polyculture of GI-scampi along with carps from July onwards. We are getting good growth of this scampi and this will help us in making profit. Their constant support even encouraging us to culture other improved varieties of fish”, said Pabitra Mukherjee, one of the adopted farmers.

Suman Kumar Sahu, Fishery Extension Officer Haldia Block said that the Fisheries Department has always supported fish farmers in the development of fish farming and is working to expand eco-friendly scientific fish farming.

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Hilsa travels 225 kms in Ganges, loses 34 gram; ICAR study http://www.aquapost.in/hilsa-travels-225-kms-in-ganges-loses-34-gram-icar-study/ http://www.aquapost.in/hilsa-travels-225-kms-in-ganges-loses-34-gram-icar-study/#respond Wed, 13 Oct 2021 10:57:48 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1860 New Delhi, Oct 13: How often have we come across studies and surveys tracking the movement of the humble fish to understand their migratory pattern? While reports of the mammoth blue whale and even wild animals being tagged for research have appeared in journals and talks shows, emulating the study on fish is less heard […]

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New Delhi, Oct 13: How often have we come across studies and surveys tracking the movement of the humble fish to understand their migratory pattern?

While reports of the mammoth blue whale and even wild animals being tagged for research have appeared in journals and talks shows, emulating the study on fish is less heard off. 

But one such study is being carried out by the The ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata with an objective to increase the population of Hilsa fish in the Ganges. 

This follows a drastic reduction in their numbers especially between Farakka in West Bengal and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh since the construction of the Farakka barrage in 1975.

The study began in 2020 and since then 391 live Hilsa fish weighing 250 grams have been tagged and released into the river. 

A major breakthrough was achieved on October 6 when a fisherman caught one of the tagged fish live along the banks of the Ganga at Baidybati under Hooghly District, West Bengal, giving the researchers a clear understanding of movement pattern, among other aspects.

The fish was ranched on October 1 at Farakka and during the course of its four days and 21 hours journey, it swam 225 kms.

“Of the 225 Kms of lower stretch of the river, 95 Kms stretch is a freshwater tidal stretch that shows the river stretch experiences tidal current. Negotiating the tidal current, the Hilsa migration speed was estimated as 0.56 m/s. It has also recorded a weight loss of 34 gms during the period of migration,” said ICAR in a statement.

This interesting result is of first its kind to record in the migratory fish species in the country, it said.

The study was a joint initiative of the ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata and the National Mission for Clean Ganga.

Hilsa is a popular delicacy in households across the eastern states, with some estimates suggesting that the demand ranges between 30,000 to 40,000 metric tonnes on an average. 

However, dwindling production rate has made this variety an expensive proposition for middle class families. 

On September 21, the Bangladesh government allowed traders to export 2080 metric tonnes of Hilsa to West Bengal as part of a goodwill gesture, ahead of the Durga Puja celebrations. 

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Fisheries sector to create 50 lakh jobs: Centre http://www.aquapost.in/fisheries-sector-to-create-50-lakh-jobs-centre/ http://www.aquapost.in/fisheries-sector-to-create-50-lakh-jobs-centre/#respond Mon, 27 Sep 2021 16:54:51 +0000 http://www.aquapost.in/?p=1835 New Delhi, Sept 27: The Centre on Monday projected the creation of 50 lakh employment in the aquaculture industry across the country because of schemes such as PMMSY which seeks to double exports and production of fish. “The Marine Products Exports Development Authority is also helping to revive the sector by taking various timely measures. […]

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New Delhi, Sept 27: The Centre on Monday projected the creation of 50 lakh employment in the aquaculture industry across the country because of schemes such as PMMSY which seeks to double exports and production of fish.

“The Marine Products Exports Development Authority is also helping to revive the sector by taking various timely measures. It is the prime concern of MPEDA to provide unique solutions to the problems faced by the Marine Industry bodies, ensuring smooth and proper operation of the sector along with maintaining quality and implemented various programs to meet the required concerns regarding food safety,” said Chairman, MPEDA K S Srinivas.

Joint Secretary in Department of Fisheries Sagar Mehra said PMMSY was started in May 2020 with an array of 100 diverse activities. With a budget of Rs. 20,050 crore, it is by far the largest investment in the fisheries sector.

The strategy along with the concerted and collaborative efforts between the stakeholders and government is required to achieve ambitious targets under the scheme, he said.

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