GUWAHATI, Aug 23 - The Guwahati Regional Centre of the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) is organising an inception workshop on upscaling of climate-friendly pen aquaculture technology for improved livelihood, employment generation and enhanced income of wetland fishers of north-eastern India, at the College of Veterinary Science (AAU), here tomorrow.
The project, sponsored by the National Mission on Himalayan Studies, Govt of India, aims at refining pen aquaculture technology for socio-economic uplift of wetland fishers of the North East.
The proposed project will be implemented by ICAR-CIFRI in collaboration with the directorates of fisheries of Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. The broad aspects of implementation are selection of wetlands (including pen aquaculture sites), identification of beneficiaries, training or skill development of beneficiaries on pen aquaculture, installation of CIFRI-HDPE pens, stocking, rearing, harvesting, assessment of economic status of beneficiaries before and after pen aquaculture and constraint analyses.
�Floodplain wetlands of India cover an estimated area of 3.54 lakh hectares and constitute an important fishery resource in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur. These are recognised as one of the most important fishery resources in North East India, both in terms of their large resource size (1,44,513 ha) and high fish production potential. Assam has the largest area (1,00,817 ha) under floodplain wetlands (locally called beels) in the NE region followed by Manipur (30,171 ha), Arunachal Pradesh (2,000 ha) and Meghalaya (500 ha). These wetlands present diverse ecological conditions and are amenable to development of capture fisheries and various forms of fishery enhancement including culture-based fisheries,� a statement issued by Dr BK Bhattacharjya, principal scientist and head of centre, CIFRI Guwahati said.