In order to bring sustainable development in the cage aquaculture sector, we need a strong combination of seed, feed, skill and will. This is the need of the hour for further improvement of cage aquaculture in India. It was opined by Dr. S Ayyappan, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Dr. Ayyappan was speaking on the occasion of 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia (CAA5) at Ernakulum, Kerala. The symposium is being organised during November 20-28, 2015 by ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi in association with Asian Fisheries Society (AFS), Malaysia and the Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch (AFSIB).
In his inaugural address, he stressed on the greening of the Blue Revolution and emphasised on sustainable aquaculture development. Cage culture farmers were relating to fish farming in a protected environment and protection, captive management were the visual images in the minds of the farmer, he added. He said that multiple uses of water should be resorted to and complemented the efforts of the youngsters from Jharkhand in their success on cage farming in the reservoirs.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr JK Jena, Chairman, AFSIB and Director, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow emphasised the modernisation of cages and government policies to support cage farming. He said that the slogan at present was not only fish for all for today and tomorrow but for ever. He said that India could take cues from Norway and Chile and can double the production from cage farming.
In the symposium, Dr Alice Joan Ferrer, Vice President, AFS, Malaysia gave a review of the AFS activities over the years.
Dr Mohan Joseph Modayil,former Member, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) said, the present era called for the cooperation and concerted efforts of Asian countries to find commonalities, getting cues from end users and collective strength of scientists and technicians of the Asian region.
Dr.Derek Staples immediate Past President, AFS, Malaysia said that the Fisheries society in Asia needs to undergo a major reform with respect to connectivity among Asian countries.