Unprecedented Growth Of INDIAN POMPANO In Marine Cages Off Bahabalapur, Balasore
Around 12,000 advanced fingerlings of Indian pompano, produced in the marine hatchery complex at Visakhapatnam Regional centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, were stocked in seven cages in the marine cage farm off Bahabalapur, Balasore, Odisha on 8th August, 2021. The advanced fingerlings were released in the offshore cages by Honorable Member of Parliament (Loksabha) and former minister of state for animal husbandary, Dairying and Fisheries, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi. The pilot project is funded by National Fisheries Development Board. Stocking density in each cage varied between 1650 and 1700 numbers. Average body weight at stocking was 50g. The stocked fishes were fed with artificial pelleted feed containing 40% crude protein and 10% crude fat at 10-7 % of biomass at a feeding frequency of three times a day.
Incessant rain during the second week of September due to depression over Bay of Bengal, resulted in huge release of water from upper land locked catchment area to the low lying coastal areas carrying flood in the districts of Balasore, particularly at Bahabalapur. The entry of land pollutants into the marine environment increased the levels of suspended and dissolved solids and the oxygen demand tremendously. As a result dissolved oxygen contents in areas around the cage farm drastically decreased to around 2 ppm, which necessitated early harvest of cage farmed Indian Pompano. All the seven cages were harvested on 18th September, 2021, 40 days after stocking and were brought to Bahabalapur harbor on 19th September, 2021. Harvest was done in presence of Dr. Subhadeep Ghosh, Dr. Gyanaranjan Dash and Dr. Biswajit Dash of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Dr. Manas Kumar Sinha, National Fisheries Development Board. More than 1.70 tonnes of production was achieved from an initial biomass of 0.59 tonnes, indicating close to threefold increase within a period of 40 days.
Survival was 87 % and average body weight at harvest was 170g. Daily weight increment was 3g and food conversion ratio was 1:1.4. With Indian pompano, being cultured in most maritime states of the country, such unparalleled daily growth increments and high feed conversions have never been achieved earlier. The produce was auctioned and procured by M/S Bharat Fish Centre (BFC), Bahabalapur. This maiden experimental demonstration of Indian pompano farming in offshore cages would be an eye- opener, and would play a pivotal role for enhancing productivity from marine cages, as is envisaged under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana and would ensure doubling farmers income in the near future. Such enormous weight increments would pave the path for Blue Revolution in the country, and Indian mariculture is poised for new heights.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.