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Cage harvesting of fish in the open sea getting popular: ICAR-CMFRI Principal Scientist


After the initial success of the cage harvest of different kinds of fish, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI), once again gone for the third time in cage harvesting of Indian Pompano and Orange Spotted Grouper, here on Friday. In presence of C. Suvarna, Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), the cages were lifted.

Subhadeep Ghosh, Principal Scientist, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI, Visakhapatnam, said that both the fish varieties have good demand in the domestic market and cage fishing was the future. So, in Vizag, we have installed 15 cages in RK Beach and five at Mangamaripeta.

In all 10 cages, pompano is farmed and in the other 10 grouper is farmed, said Dr. Ghosh. So far as production cost for cage framing is concerned, it is around Rs. 200 to Rs. 210 per kg, the sale price of Indian Pompano can go up to Rs.350 to Rs.450. From this, one makes an outright profit of Rs.150per kg in the domestic market, he said. CMRFI officials opined that each cage can harvest to the tune of about 1.5 to 2 MT of fishes in one season and can make a profit of Rs.1.5 to Rs.2 lakh. Under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), the central government is encouraging cage farming and farmers have good prospects, said Dr. Ghosh.

During the harvest time, he said that the fingerlings weighing around 10 gms were put in the cage around the first week of May, last year, and we harvested now after 10 months. Every 10 gm fingerling has now grown to a fish weighing between 750 and 850 gms, he said. Dr. Ghosh also said that with demand for cage harvesting growing, we have received about 100 applications from Visakhapatnam alone and all across the State it is around 1,000.

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