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'Cage Aquaculture Needs Policy Framework': Dr Gopakumar

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INDIA - Setting up guidelines and rules & regulations is the first and foremost thing needed for development of the cage aquaculture sector in Asian countries, where such policy frameworks do not exist, said Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute emeritus scientist Dr Gopakumar.

 

“A whole gamut of issues related to cage aquaculture, including site selection, traditional ‘rights’, genetic/environmental pollution, emergence of exotic species and by-catch for feeding, remain un-addressed. There is no policy framework in place to address such issues,” pointed out Dr Gopakumar while addressing the International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia (CAA5) here the other day.

He said that instead of vertically integrated large-scale industrial cage farms, fisher-owned small-scale farms that are resource/environment friendly should be encouraged. Such farms make the practice resilient and remunerative for primary producers.

Source: New Indian Express

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