November 13, 2020


New brackish water aquaculture production in Kerala, India



Indian aquaculture companies have announced their plans to establish a hatchery to produce brackish water finfish species.


The facility will be run by India's Central Institute for Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) in collaboration with Kerala's Fisheries Department, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between CIBA and the Agency for Development of Aquaculture (ADAK) of the government of Kerala.


CIBA will provide scientific and technical support to the government for developing captive breeding and seed production technology of Asian seabass, milkfish and pearl spot. The hatchery will target the continuous seed production of these three commercially important brackish water fishes.


In addition to producing juvenile fish, the partnership between CIBA and the state government also aimed to support human resources development through regular hands-on training programmes.


Dr KK Vijayan, director of CIBA, described the partnership as a game-changer in the state's brackish water aquaculture sector. He estimates that 1.26 lakh hectares could be used for these purposes if juveniles can be produced with sufficient regularity.


Tinku Biswal, secretary to the Department of Fisheries and chairman of the executive committee of ADAK, said the proposed hatchery will help boost sustainable brackish water fish production in the state as it addresses the critical issue being faced by fish farmers.


Dr. M Kailasam, principal scientist and head of the fish culture division of CIBA, said fish species such as seabass, milkfish, and pearl spot, are ideal for farming in Kerala, considering the resilient nature of the species to changing salinities and their market demand in the state.


Dr. Dinesan Cheruvat, executive director of ADAK, expressed the hope that the agency could build up more technology partnerships in the areas such as hatcheries, indigenous feeds, aquatic animal health and stock improvement.


 - The Fish Site