Centre eyes developing a sustainable seaweed economy: Fisheries Secretary

The Central authorities is hunting ahead to developing a sustainable economy via very possible seaweed cultivation, Jatindra Nath Swain, Fisheries Secretary has mentioned.

At a time when local climate transform is significantly posing a big risk to human lifetime, cultivating seaweed would assistance mitigate the world-wide disaster, strengthen the economy and lessen the influence of the local climate disaster as nicely, he mentioned.

He was speaking at an interactive assembly with scientists of the Central Marine Fisheries Investigation Institute (CMFRI).

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“An further livelihood alternative, seaweed farming will engage in a big part in the socio-economic uplift of standard fishermen all through this challenging time”, the secretary mentioned.

Seaweed Seedbank

He asked the CMFRI to established up a seedbank of seaweeds to popularise the exercise among the the coastal location.

“Marine scientists must appear up with means for ability advancement to enhance seaweed cultivation on huge-scale”, he mentioned, incorporating that the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has a specific thrust for promotion of seaweed farming.

He was in Kerala to realize the difficulties and worries remaining faced by the sector following having around the portfolio 4 months back. Aside from individuals in the Kochi headquarters, CMFRI scientists from several regional analysis stations throughout the country also attended the assembly.

Doubling seafood export

The Fisheries secretary mentioned that India is eyeing doubling seafood export in the following 5 decades. Technological advancement is crucial in this regard, in particular for places these types of as seed output and other hatchery infrastructure for diversified mariculture activities.

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The authorities is supportive of cage fish farming, which would assistance the standard fishermen double their profits, Swain mentioned and lauded the endeavours of CMFRI to give a big strengthen to this exercise throughout the coastal States.

Sea ranching

Sea ranching initiatives, a exercise of stocking seeds into the sea, must be strengthened by extending it into far more places as the exercise by CMFRI proved a enormous good results in the Palk Bay for the previous few decades in sustaining a sustainable inventory of the species and in their conservation.

Flagging his concern on useful resource depletion and ecosystem degradation, he urged scientists to emphasis on means to promote accountable fishing and to adopt suitable mechanisms to boost sustainable fishing.