12th May 2013, Mandapam
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research inaugurated Marine Finfish Brood Bank, Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) and Mariculture complex at Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Mandapam. He also inaugurated a small-scale marine ornamental fish production unit run by all women self help group established within the premises of the Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI.
Dr. B.Meenakumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), Dr. Madan Mohan, Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, Shri Nanda Kumar, District Collector and Shri More, Coast Guard Commandant also graced the occasion.
The harvest of cobia farmed by self help groups under the technology demonstration component of the NICRA project was flagged off by the Dr. Ayyappan. A total of 4 tonnes of cobia about Rs 10 lakhs were harvested. The concept of brood bank for cobia, silver pompano, groupers, snappers, breams, etc., facilitates the supply of fertilised eggs/first day larvae to the hatcheries who inturn will grow further and sell to needy farmers. This facility is the first of its kind in India.
The RAS system will serve to develop the broodstocks into spawners. The safety of the spawners and year-round controlled spawning are ensured in this system. The RAS facility, which was installed at Mandapam by importing sophisticated equipment from M/s. Aquatic Ecosystems, USA, is the first of its kind in the fisheries scenario of India.
A mariculture complex consisting of high volume concrete tanks (4 nos each of 1250 tonne capacity) would support standardising the technologies for broodstock development, grow-out culture and on-farm trials.
In addition, a Research & Administrative block has been built with facilities to accommodate the Scientists, Technical personnel, Administrative and Accounts sections. Besides, the facility incorporates an interpretation centre, dry and wet laboratories.
An International Trainees’ hostel consisting of 13 nos. of well furnished one-room apartments to accommodate overseas trainees deputed to the Centre to acquire technical knowledge on the various technologies developed at the centre was also inaugurated during this occasion.
(Source: CMFRI, Kochi)