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CMFRI’s novel venture yields bumper harvest of green mussels

An experimental farming on a professional scale has proved that the modern farming know-how — Built-in Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) exercise — is prosperous and very well suitable to Kerala’s ecosystem.

A bumper harvest of eco-friendly mussel was recorded in the integrated farming blended with cage fish and seaweed farming undertaken by the Central Marine Fisheries Exploration Institute beneath participatory manner with fish farmers in Moothakunnam in Ernakulam district.

The IMTA combines acceptable proportions of fish, seaweeds and filter feeding bivalves in farming to create well balanced units for environmental and financial steadiness. CMFRI started the undertaking in December final 12 months as portion of its research initiative for creating a sustainable cage fish farming model suitable for Kerala’s ecosystem.

Much better yield

The initial harvest amid the 3 crops of the integrated farming, yielded around one tonne of eco-friendly mussel from a hundred and fifty strings hung around as numerous as four fish cages. Specific mussels grew to the dimensions of 72 g which is a prosperous progress price in mussel farming. Even as the harvest was getting spot during the Covid lockdown, the full produce sold out in no time as there was a huge demand for eco-friendly mussels.

A superior harvest with far better progress price of eco-friendly mussel showed that IMTA exercise is economically feasible and very well suitable to Kerala’s issue. A scientific staff led by Shoji Joseph, Principal Scientist of CMFRI, also noticed that the fishes within the cage attained far better progress and seaweed becoming cultured around the cage showed healthier position with fast progress price. Fish will be harvested by the stop of the following thirty day period.

CMFRI Director A Gopalakrishnan reported the institute would just take methods to popularise the IMTA exercise across the coastal States as in the circumstance of cage fish farming. CMFRI has successfully made a model of IMTA exercise on open sea waters of Tamil Nadu which aids coastal people today fetch amplified revenue.