PANAJI: Against the backdrop of the call made by Shri. Giriraj Singh, Honourable Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Govt of India to make Goa as Fisheries Hub of the Country” during the recent visit to Goa, the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) with vast experience and complementary skills and expertise in aquatic resource management, aquaculture, ocean engineering and fisheries oceanography has drawn up a multi-disciplinary research plan to make cage aquaculture economically, ecologically and socially responsible venture.
Recently, Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh, Director, CSIR-NIO led a team of scientists to experimental and commercial cage farming sites in Karwar, Karnataka. Following a bottom-up approach, Prof. Singh and the scientific team also interacted with the stakeholders practising cage aquaculture to identify the research and technological gaps for improving the production during the visit.
Furthermore, ways to strengthen the academic collaboration with the Department of Studies in Marine Biology, Karnataka University was also discussed. During the meeting with the partners of start-up seabass hatchery at Kumta, Prof. Singh assured CSIR-NIO’s cooperation in environmental management.