GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - A national level seminar on Aquaculture in the North East Region: Realities, Potential and Challenges was organised by the Department of Fishery Science, St Anthony�s College, Shillong.
The objective of the seminar was to assess the present scenario of aquaculture in NE including Assam and to address the challenges faced by fishery entrepreneurs as well as to explore the potentialities for development of aquaculture in the region.
Supported by UGC�NER Office and Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank, the two-day seminar that concluded on Wednesday last was attended by more than a hundred scientists from across the country.
Senior bureaucrats, policy makers and officials from Fishery Departments of NE States, representatives from various universities and colleges, and researchers were also present in the programme.
Endowed with a very rich biodiversity and ethno-cultural plurality, the topographically uneven, NE region presents a unique geographical identity with its vast fishery resources in the form of lakes, streams, rivers, reservoirs, ponds, beels, derelict water bodies�, etc. Though the region has tremendous scope for developing the fishery sector with its huge water potential the region lags behind in harnessing the potential of these water bodies. Till date, fish production is inadequate to meet the growing demand in the region.
In this backdrop, the seminar strived at addressing some key issues like cultural fisheries, fish nutrition, fish genetics and bio-technology, aquatic environment management, fish diseases, fisheries extension, post harvest technology, fisheries economics and export potential of fisheries products from NE.