: A three-day training programme on lobster fattening commenced here on Monday at Maritech Research Centre, Tharuvaikulam, associated with Fisheries College of Research Institute, Tuticorin, a constituent of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai.
State government has sanctioned a project on generating alternative livelihood options for the coastal community towards fisheries biodiversity conservation in Tamil Nadu to the Department of Fisheries Biology and Resource Management of FCRI under National Agricultural Development Programme.
Under this project, training was imparted to the coastal fisher folk and self-help groups on diversified fisheries activities like lobster fattening, crab fattening, seaweed culture, ornamental fish culture and spirulina culture as alternative livelihood options with a view to reducing fishing pressure on near shore and inshore fisheries resources throughout Tamil Nadu.
In a press release, V.K. Venkataramani, Director of Research and Extension (Fisheries), said lobster could fetch a good price in domestic and international markets. However, the undersized ones would fetch a very low value only. Such lobsters could be fattened and made to grow to a big size for a good prize in the market. The proven fattening technology could be given to SHGs and the fisher folk. A complete practical method would be explained to the participants for the fattening of lobsters. They would be trained in the identification of lobsters, breeding, rearing of young ones, fattening techniques under different culture systems and processing of lobsters for export, the release added.
In addition to this, types of packaging lobsters in live condition to different places would also be demonstrated to the participants. After the completion of the programme, a follow-up action would also be planned. Twenty participants from various coastal hamlets registered for the programme. Earlier, S. Athithan, Associate Professor and Head and Co-Principal Investigator, welcomed the gathering. A training manual was released as part of programme. The project assistants, T. Vaitheeswaran, T. Sureshkumar and T. Ashok Kumar coordinated the programme.