16th May, 2012, Veraval, Junagadh
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), successfully conducted a field demonstration trial of the sea farming of spiny lobster (P poliphagus) in the Open Sea Research Cage Farm established off Veraval in Junagadh district, Gujarat involving the Bharat Adim Juth Matsyodhyog Mandali, Talala a society of the primitive tribals the Sidi’s of Veraval and Talala Taluka, Junagadh district.
The maiden harvest of the research farm was flagged off onboard at sea near the farm site by Shri Rajsibhai Jotwa, MLA (Somnath). In his inaugural address, he congratulated the scientists involved in the successful conduct of field demonstration trial of the sea farming of spiny lobster in the open sea and expressed deep satisfaction over the initiatives taken up by the CMFRI.
Shri Ravibhai Gohel, Vice Chairman, Veraval patan Municipality Corporation in his presidential address said “adoption of sea farming of spiny lobster in cages will give relief to the fishing community from decreasing fish catch and skyrocketing input costs involved in fishing and reiterated the need to have a sound policy for open sea farming to take forward the achievements of the scientists”.
Dr. A.Y.Desai, Principal and Dean College of Fisheries, Veraval, Junagadh Agriculture University in his felicitation address elaborated the need and benefits of sea farming of spiny lobster. ‘With a sound policy for utilizing the inshore waters and creek areas for marine fish farming and institutional support from the state administration, the state of Gujarat has immense potential to double the fish production from the stagnating 5-6 lakh ton per year, bringing in additional revenue to the economy,’ he added.
Earlier, Shri Mohammed Koya, Scientist In-Charge, Regional Centre of CMFRI, Veraval welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries, and presented a brief introduction about the Institute’s recent initiatives. The scope of mariculture especially open sea farming of high value fishes in the coastal water of Gujarat was stressed by him in his speech.
On this occasion, Samudriya Krishi Mela was organized in the sea shore near Prabhas Patan, Veraval which was presided by Chairperson of the Veraval-Patan Municipal Corporation, Veraval. President of the Seafood Exporters Association, Gujarat was also present on the occasion. The mela depicted the achievements of CMFRI in the marine fisheries and mariculture sector with details on various mariculture technologies developed by the Institute. Nearly 700 people belonging to fishers, students of college of fisheries, Veraval, members of the SHGs, members of the tribal Society, scientists and officials of ICAR institutes, Department of Fisheries, Gujarat, leaders of the Fishing Community of Gujarat and print and visual media participated in the inaugural session and Samudriya Krishi Mela.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization with inputs from DMAPR, Anand and RC-CMFRI, Veraval)