India will soon develop a leasing policy for mariculture to ensure sustainable use of resources

Unveiling a comprehensive plan to revive the mariculture sector in the country. Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala said “the immediate focus would be on off-shore caging with larger cages”. As he was speaking after a visit to the ICAR Upland Regional Center “Central Marine Fisheries Institute” (CMFRI).

“Cage fish farming should be expanded to coastal waters, with improved cages of 30 meters or more in diameter capable of housing hundreds of fish”. Currently, cage farming in coastal waters uses cages with a diameter of 6 mm. CMFRI should lead the research and development efforts to create these advanced cages. This is expected to significantly increase marine production in the country, the minister said.

He also urged the CMFRI to expand fish production technologies to all coastal states. This would help eliminate seed restrictions and make needed seeds available to fish farmers across the country. The minister said the Center would soon develop a leasing policy for mariculture to ensure sustainable utilization of mariculture resources. This will ensure that mariculture activities are carried out in appropriate areas and do not cause any harm to the environment.

The Union Minister proposed a pioneering marine farming program for farm-raised pearl oysters along the Tuticorin coast to be implemented under the leadership of CMFRI. Thoothukudi is traditionally known as the “City of Pearls” as the region has historically played an important role in pearl fishing. Thoothukudi has a fascinating history and was an international pearl fishing center in ancient times. The far-reaching prospects of marine ornamental fisheries and suggested developing effective marketing options for marine ornamental species. The minister called on the CMFRI to work with stakeholders to develop effective marketing strategies. This would provide an economic boost to the marine jewelry industry.

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