‘Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance’: Awareness Programme for fish farmers

East Medinipur, 25th August 2016

‘Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance’: Awareness Programme for fish farmersDr B. K. Das (Director,CIFRI) inaugurated one-day Awareness Programme on ‘Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance at East Medinipur district of West Bengal at Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore under National Fisheries Development Board sponsored ‘National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic animal Diseases Project’. Dr Das emphasized on the Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Shrimp farming, and said that good quality fish and shrimp seed along with good water quality management and good quality shrimp and fish feed is very important for preventing the disease occurrence.

Dr B. P. Mohanty (Head, Fisheries Resource and Environmental Management Division, CIFRI) highlighted the nutritional significance of fish and shrimp in human health. Shri Ramkrishna Sardar (Assistant Director, Marine Fisheries of East Medinipur, Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal) opined that, Shrimp culture has become a profitable farming option for fishers of East Medinipur district, however there is an urgent need for sustainable shrimp aquaculture in the region.

There were deliberations on ‘need of fish disease surveillance in aquatic organism in present context and Shrimp Diseases and its management’; the maximum loss in shrimp farming is attributed due to diseases and that occur due to lack of proper management and environmental problems; economic loss caused due to fish and shrimp diseases. Seventy-five shrimp farmers from West Bengal participated in this programme.

Shri Bibekananda Mallick (Aquaculture- Technical Professional of Novozymes) gave a brief presentation on Best Management Practices in Aquaculture.

Farmers-Scientist interactive session was also organized at Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore. In this session, Shrimp Farmers asked questions on water quality management, remedial measures for shrimp disease, slow growth syndrome etc.