West Bengal sets up deep-sea fish farming cages
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Pomfret (Photo: Stock File)INDIAWednesday, May 17, 2017,01:50 (GMT + 9)West Bengal government has the intention to

 
Pomfret. (Photo: Stock File)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 01:50 (GMT + 9)

 

West Bengal government has the intention to develop deep-sea seafood cage farming.

The project development, which is undergoing the pilot phase, is responsibility of the West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences and is part of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-led All India Network Project on Mariculture.

As part of the initiative, two 4.5 metre-diametre cages made out of GI pipes and netlon mesh have been set up 2 km off the coast of Mandarmani, at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal, The Economic Times reported.

The cages are covered with nets to prevent seabirds from feeding on the fish and are tied down with buoys to provide stability.

The project developers stressed that in September hatchlings will be released, which are expected to grow to the right size – 1 to 1.5 kg – within six months.

Mostly, bhekti (barramundi) and pomfret, which are fish in high demand and such deep-sea culture in large numbers will bring down prices of these species and make them more affordable.

This project is also expected to help to bring down the pressure on lakes and inland hatcheries.

Scientists are also researching the viability of pearl culture in the cages

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