Professor S. Kaliyamoorthy, Convener, Vice-Chancellor Officiating Committee, Alagappa University, has called upon researchers in Aquatic Animal Biotechnology to focus their research on treating and preventing aquatic animal diseases to enhance the quality of seafood products. 

Inaugurating a two-day international seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Aquatic Animal Biotechnology (RTAAB-2013)’, organised by the Department of Animal Health and Management, here on Monday, he said the seafood production in India would reach 55 million tonnes by 2025. 

“At present, only the rich people are able to consume seafood, but in the future it must reach the poor people as well. Hence, the research should focus on enhancing production,” he said.

In the global aquaculture industry, India occupied the second place next to China, he said and complemented the Department of Animal Health and Management for carrying out research in the sphere.

Addressing the seminar, Professor V. Manickavasagam, Registrar, Alagappa University, said India had been facing problems in shrimp production mainly due to diseases and environmental degradation.

He stressed the need for novel biotechnological tools for diagnosing the diseases in aquaculture and transfer of technology from the laboratory to the field.

Dr.B. Boonsirm Withyachumnornkul, Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand, in his inaugural address, stressed the importance of preventing diseases in aquaculture industry.

Shrimp production had been on the decline in India, he said.

Professor S. Karuthapandian, Dean, Faculty of Science, Alagappa University, in his keynote address, underlined the importance of immune-modulators to overcome the problems in shrimp production and suggested applications of bio-sensing, bio-film and quorum quenching in aquaculture industry.

A total of 33 research scholars presented their research papers during the technical session.

Heads of the various science departments, faculty members, industrial professionals, research scholars and students participated in the seminar.

Research should focus on enhancing seafood production, say experts