INDIA : Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)-National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) at Chennai for technical partnership in the promotion of aquaculture in the country.
As indicated by sources from ICAR-CIBA, this memorandum will help to contribute towards the roadmap conceived by the MoES "Farming the Oceans for the Future" to promote India’s blue economy.
Partnership of NIOT with its blend of engineering expertise in finfish cages and CIBA with its proven technologies in hatchery, farming and feed biotechnology for candidate finfish species such as seabass, would help in expanding the finfish cage culture operation, in the depths from 5 m to 100 m.
This has the potential for the production of 5 tonnes of marine fish, by using just 1 per cent of the Indian EEZ, once the procedure for leasing and site specific cage culture systems are in place, with institutional and private sector participation.
In addition, the initiative will facilitate increased fish production, generation of employment income, along the coastal belt of India.