Brackishwater cage farming of seabass fish for enhancing fish production and alternate livelihood support of coastal population in Tamil Nadu: a Success story by ICAR-CIBA, Chennai

Brackishwater cage farming of seabass fish for enhancing fish production and alternate livelihood support of coastal population in Tamil Nadu: a Success story by ICAR-CIBA, ChennaiFarming of brackishwater fishes in locally crafted cages suitable for estuaries, creeks, backwaters and lagoons is an emerging innovative and viable technology for the production of valuable finfish such as seabass. The technology is efficient in utilizing the vast stretches of brackishwater resources along the costal India for increased fish production, employment creation and income generation, falls under the vision of Indian Govt. under the blue revolution. In this direction, the ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA), Chennai which is the nodal research institution for the development of brackishwater aquaculture in collaboration with the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai has successfully demonstrated cage farming of Asian seabass fish (Lates calcarifer) in the Buckingham canal waters at Vennangupattu coastal village in Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu. CIBA mobilised the fisher youths from the villages. Skill development training has been provided as part of Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) initiative of ICAR-CIBA partnering with NIOT on cage designing, fabrication, installation, nursery rearing and farming of fishes in cages. Susequently facilitated them to form a self help group which they named as Dr.A.P.J.Abdulkalam Fish Producers Self Help Group, to take up the cage farming in the backwaters in in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu.

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