ICAR-CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF BRACKISHWATER AQUACULTURE
Sixth Edition of SCAFi – CIBA Lecture series on Aquaculture without borders – the status and prospects of ‘Aquaculture in Srilanka’ held on 23 November, 2022
ICAR-CIBA Chennai, under its professional arm the Society of Coastal Aquaculture and Fisheries (SCAFI) conducts an online monthly lecture series under the banner “Aquaculture without borders” delivered by global fisheries/aquaculture experts. The sixth edition in the series on ‘Aquaculture in Sri Lanka’ was delivered a Professor Dr. Upali S. Amarasinghe, Senior Professor (Emeritus), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka on November 23, 2022 at 11 AM.
Professor Amarasinghe presented an overview of fisheries and aquaculture systems being practiced in Sri Lanka and highlighted the details of capture, Culture Based Fishery (CBF) and aquaculture systems with data and their scale of performance along with constraints. Challenges faced by Sri Lanka in aligning the fish seed production and culture to the feasible crop season in semi-perennial reservoirs during February to September were spoken about in detail. He also outlined about filter feeding fish species culture in cages with minimal environmental impacts, balancing socio economic and ecological concerns, leading to greening of blue revolution. The status of Sri Lankan brackishwater aquaculture with shrimps, Asian seabass, milkfish and mud crab fattening was also presented.
Kuldeep Kumar Lal, Director, ICAR-CIBA and President SCAFi assured the support of ICAR CIBA team in the research efforts of developing Sri Lankan aquaculture.
T.Ravisankar, Secretary, SCAFI welcomed the gathering and Dr. P. Krishnan Director, Bay of Bengal Programme, Inter Governmental Organization; Chennai introduced the speaker. Dr. Akshaya Panigrahi Vice President, SCAFI proposed the vote of thanks.