The Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI conducted a three day, hands on training on ‘Field Demonstration Integrated Multi- Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)’ from the 15th to 17th February 2018, under the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project. The programme was aimed at imparting practical knowledge in multiple areas of aquaculture, to the fishermen of six coastal villages of Tuticorin district adopted by CMFRI, Tuticorin.

The training programme was inaugurated by Thirumathi Bala Saraswathi, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu. She lauded the efforts taken by Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI in areas such as site selection for sea cage farming, low-cost cage design and fabrication, deployment and scientific advice for sea cage farming of seabass, cobia, lobsters, etc. under the FIMSUL and NADP projects of the State Fisheries Department, Tamil Nadu. A brochure on ‘Field Demonstration on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture” specially prepared for fishers to enhance their knowledge on fish seed resources, marine fish farming activities, seaweed culture and pearl culture under the IMTA was released.

During the training programme, technical and practical sessions were conducted by SIC and staff of CMFRI. The Scientists actively involved in the training programme were Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Dr. I. Jagadis, Dr. L. Ranjith (Centre Co-ordinator, NICRA project), Shri. C. Kalidas, Shri. D. Linga Prabu, and Mrs. M. Kavitha and the Technical officers were Shri. P. Muthukrishnan, Shri. N. Jesuraj.

As many as 25 trainees from 6 coastal villages attended the programme and were trained in various aspects of sea cage farming such as site selection, GI cage fabrication, PVC raft, coir rope, & netbag preparation for seaweed culture and cage culture of sea bass, lobsters, crabs, pearl oysters and seaweeds (IMTA).



Source: Aquaculture Spectrum

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