West coast marine exporters look East for aquaculture gains
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INDIAWednesday, April 19, 2017KOCHI -Seafood exporters on the country’s western coast, facing dwindling sea ca


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

KOCHI - Seafood exporters on the country’s western coast, facing dwindling sea catch, are taking a lesson or two from the aquaculture success of their compatriates on the eastern coast.

Traditionally, the West coast was better for trawling, and fishing in the region was dominated by wild catch. However, the depletion of fish wealth, due to six decades of trawling, has driven the seafood export fraternity to look at the shrimp farming model to boost business, says Norbert Karikkassery, President, Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI)-Kerala Region.

The SEAI–Kerala Region has asked consultancy firm KITCO to study the potential for aquaculture farming on the western coast, he said. Vast stretches of the Pokkali fields which lie idle, especially in the coastal areas of Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Alappuzha, offer an ideal setting for aquaculture farms. These fields have inherent water control systems, which will be conducive for aquaculture farming, Karikkassery told BusinessLine.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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