ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai and the Department of Fisheries, Maharashtra signed Memorandum of Understanding for the sustainable development of brackishwater aquaculture in Maharashtra in the presence of Shri. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Government of Maharashtra at Vidhan Bhawan, Mumbai, Maharashtra on 21.3.2023.
During the interaction, Dr. Kuldeep K. Lal, Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai expressed that CIBA would initiate mapping of coastal and inland saline resources of Maharashtra, development of brackishwater aquaculture model farm, demonstration of finfish and shellfish livelihood culture models, training of fisheries officials and farmers, etc, in partnership with Department of Fisheries, Maharashtra. CIBA in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, Government of Maharashtra is establishing the Asian seabass fish seed production in the Multi-species hatchery at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra.
Shri. Atul Patane, IAS, Secretary-in-Charge and Commissioner of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Maharashtra underscored that brackishwater aquaculture can provide livelihood options for the coastal fishers aiding in augmenting fish production, income and employment generation in the state. Shri. Yuvraj Choughale, Joint Commissioner, Department of Fisheries and Shri. Pankaj Amrut Patil, Scientist & Officer- in-Charge, Navsari Gujarat Research Centre of CIBA coordinated the programme.