A three-day training programme on captive breeding techniques of marine ornamental fish was organised here recently under a project to develop technologies for hatchery production of marine ornamental fishes at Gulf of Mannar islands, and for sea ranching and technology transfer to coastal communities.
The programme was funded by Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), India, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Kochi, at Maritech Research and Extension Centre of Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Tuticorin.
M. Nagoor Meeran, Professor, inaugurated the programme. The participants were trained in identifying the resources of marine ornamentals fish, selection of important varieties for breeding, breeding techniques for clown fish, preparing live feed for young ones of marine ornamental fish and brooders, live feed culture and marketing of fish with demonstrations and hands-on training.
N.V. Sujathkumar, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, P. Jawahar, Associate Professor, N. Malaichamy and K. Renuka, Senior Research Fellows of the project, gave hands-on training. Veeramaithan, a leading marine ornamental aquarium consultant, shared his experiences in marketing.
At the valedictory function, V.K.Venkataramnai, Director of Research and Extension, FCRI, emphasised the need for captive breeding of marine ornamental fishes in the wake of overfishing in the reefs. He urged the participants to take up breeding of marine ornamental fish in their farms.
Mohanraj, Principal, Kamaraj College, Tuticorin, offered felicitations. A manual on captive breeding of clown fish and a CD on the same title was released. The first copy was received by Dr. Mohanraj, Fourteen participants from Tuticorin, Tiruchi and Palani attended the programme.
S. Athithan, Associate Professor and Head, Maritech Research and Extension Centre, spoke.