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Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture celebrated its 29th foundation day on April 22, 2016 at the Muttukadu experimental station. Since its foundation in the year 1987, CIBA continues to play a crucial role in brackishwater aquaculture research and development. This year Institute celebrated the foundation day by creating awareness among the school children about the environmentally safe, socially acceptable and sustainable brackishwater aquaculture. A total of 539 students and 33 teachers from different schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, CLRI, Adyar; Pon Vidyashram, Injambakkam; Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Adayar; GT Aloha Vidya Mandir, Injambakkam; Bala Vidya Mandir, Adayar and St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Kovalam, visited Muttukadu Experimental Station of CIBA on this occasion. The theme of the awareness program was how brackishwater aquaculture can ensure food security and shape the societal progress within the frame of sustainable development. The students were taken in batches to shrimp hatchery, fish hatchery, crab hatchery, feed mill, pathology and soil and water laboratories and were explained the research activities related to each of these aspects. Live aquaculture species like shrimps, fishes, and crabs were kept on display and life cycles of the same were shown.

A session on “career opportunities” in Fisheries & Aquaculture was also arranged on this occasion. They were briefed on the scope of job opportunities viz., Research and Development, teaching, administration, management and Business opportunities/entrepreneurship in emerging aquaculture sector of the country. Dr.K.K.Vijayan, Director, CIBA while addressing the students, highlighted the prospects of fisheries sector and asked to explore the career opportunities in science and business of fisheries and aquaculture. After his brief address, he distributed aquarium with ornamental fish, hatchery reared pearl spot (Etroplus suratensis) to all the schools who participated in the programme, to encourage students to make awareness in the each school premise about the importance of fisheries and aquaculture. Students and the teachers expressed that this programme was very useful and educative for them.

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