Seafood production either through capture fisheries or mariculture is a major source of protein rich food for communities, globally. Sustainability issues are often flagged as most farmed fish are given artificial feeds, that rely on plant and fish meal as critical ingredients. In contrast, bivalves and seaweeds that do not require such artificial feeds are considered to have fewer environmental impacts. In this context, the development of cultchless spat technology for oysters, photobioreactors for scaling up production of high quality microalgae, as well as the focus on seaweed farming is appreciable. During the quarter, several programmes aimed at promoting sustainable fishing and mariculture were operated successfully. Let us hope that the benefits of these innovations bring positive impacts on the livelihoods of fishermen and fish farmers..
With best wishes.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan