Marine fisheries managers are constantly looking out for tools to enhance marine fish production, productivity and sustaining it. Artificial Reefs are basically long-term habitat reconstruction programs to protect, produce and sustain a natural reef like faunistic community which has the potential to yield several socio-economic benefits to the community mainly by improving their livelihoods. Since 1980, ICAR-CMFRI has a rich experience in setting up of artificial reefs and is actively collaborating with the Fisheries Departments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. With demand for more ARs from stakeholders the Union Ministry of Fisheries is looking to implement it on a larger canvas, with a well trained and informed workforce as through workshops organised by ICAR-CMFRI. Sea ranching programmes also have been deployed to rejuvenate fisheries in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay region. Such initiatives augur well for the marine fisheries sector in India..
With best wishes.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan