Breeding and hatchery units to be set up

August 21, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 06:14 am IST - Ramanathapuram:

The Tamil Nadu Fisheries University has proposed to establish breeding and hatchery units to produce hatchlings of three popular marine fish species — Milkfish, Cobia and Seabass — for cage culture at its facility at the coastal Seeniappa Dargah near Mandapam in this district.

The units, with financial assistance of Rs. 1.3 crore from the National Agriculture Development Programme, would be established at TNFU’s Marine Finfish Breeding Centre at Seeniappa Dargah, K. Rathnakumar, acting Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, said.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the ‘Skill development training programme on basic culture technique for shrimp farm assistants’ here on Friday, he said the breeding, hatchery and rearing units, which would come up in the next couple of months, would go a long way in meeting the huge demand for hatchlings for cage culture.

Brood stock of the species would be maintained at the breeding unit and the hatchlings reared for required sizes at the hatcheries, Mr. Rathnakumar said

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