7th March, 2019, Cochin
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin released the seeds of Shrimp, Cuttlefish and Squid into the sea today.
The Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin released a total of 11 lakhs seeds of Green Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) at Villundi Theertham, Palk Bay today.
The Tuticorin Research Centre of the Institute also conducted the Sea Ranching of Cuttlefish (Sepia pharaonis) and Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) at Tuticorin.
The Chief Guest, Shri K. Veera Raghava Rao, I.A.S., District Collector, Ramanathapuram released the shrimp seeds during the Sea Ranching Programme.
Smt. N. Chandra, Joint Director of Fisheries (Regional), Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Department, Thoothukudi was also present on the occasion of Sea Ranching carried out by the Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI.
A regular activity of the ICAR-CMFRI, the Sea Ranching is aimed to increase these species’ production for ensure the livelihood of fishermen in the regions.
The venture will make these Shrimps available to the fishermen for supporting their livelihoods after the fishing ban period.
During the Year - 2017-18, the Mandapam Centre had released around 1.7 million seeds of Green Tiger Shrimp into the sea in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay region and 1.4 million seeds of the species in the Year - 2018-19 at Kunthukal (Gulf of Mannar) and Sangumal (Palk Bay).
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin)