Fish processing park planned

Two locations, a 7-acre land in Vaniyanchavadi on Rajiv Gandhi Salai and 2.5 acre land in Kasimedu, have been shortlisted for a modern fish processing park in the city.

According to sources, the work on the project would begin in three months. The park would initially focus mainly on fish catch by 600 mechanised boats in Chennai. The facility is likely to have processing units, education centre, auction hall and conference facilities. It would not merely focus on export-oriented species such as sear fish, pomfret, tuna and shrimp that are common in Chennai. The project would identify new value-added options such as manufacturing of sea food analogues using low-value fish.

Expression of interest sought

The Department of Fisheries has already requested expression of interest from consultants for preparation of a detailed project report. The bid opening for the expression of interest is on December 12 and the report would be ready in one month.

The park is likely to be on public-private partnership mode and the initial phase would have emphasis on integrating research and development with the facility.

The park would not be purely export-oriented. It is likely to attract large fishing vessels to Chennai to facilitate value addition to their catch. Now Chennai receives fish arrivals through just five or six large fishing vessels.

The park is expected to play a role in development of inland fisheries and fish culture.

The park would have facilities such as Individual Quick Processing and manufacture of a wide variety of ready-to-eat sea food products such as seafood wafers.

Facilities for new product development, product safety and certification would be incorporated in the parks.

“The integrated fish processing parks could be yet another opportunity to understand the seafood nutrient dynamics and health benefits. The problem of malnutrition of a large section of people could be solved by such facilities,” said M.C.Nandeesha, Dean, Fisheries College, Tuticorin.

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