ICAR-CIFRI Team visited A&N Islands for 'Exploratory survey of inland fishery resources to develop fisheries in the Islands' during 02-06 May, 2017

Last Updated on 24.05.2017




On invitation from the A&N Administration for undertaking study of development of inland fisheries in the A&N Islands, a team of Scientists from ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, Kolkata with the Director as the team leader and Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, FREM Division and Dr. A. K. Das, I/C, E&T Cell have visited A&N Islands during 02-06 May, 2017 with a view to explore the feasibility of fisheries development in the inland open waters of the islands. At the outset, the team interacted with Mr. Verma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries of the UT, A & N Islands as to know the expectations of the DoF, Govt. of A&N islands from the visiting team so that the exploratory survey could be made accordingly across the island.

The team visited the freshwater lakes in and around Portblair and found ample scope of enhancing fisheries in those lakes with the inclusion of cage culture for production of Pangus (P. hypophthalmus) in deeper part of the lake inside Mahatama Gandhi Park, which will not only attract the tourists but may also produce substantial amount of table fish for the people of Portblair.

The team visited most part of main islands of Andaman up to extreme north Diglipur. While interacting with the progressive farmers, all along the islands from South to North, it came to the notice that all most all the fish species including exotics are available in the inland water bodies, which were un-intentionally introduced through unscrupulous suppliers of fish seeds from the main lands. Exotics like tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus and O. nyloticus), grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix), Thai magur (Clarius gariepinous), Puntius javanicus, common carp (Cyprinus carpio), pacu or roopchand (Pyoractus brachipomus), Vietcoi (Anabus cobojius) etc. have already been introduced in the water bodies of the islands. The UT has more than 2559 numbers of new ponds dug out under MNREGA scheme during the last few years besides being number of old ponds >3000 numbers of different size (0.1 acre to 4 acres), having innumerable canals and nallahs, two reservoirs which are still unexplored. The mangrove ecosystem and estuarine parts of the island also remain unexplored so far. Thus there is ample scope of fisheries development and enhancement both in freshwater sector and coastal zone. The team has identified several areas of the islands which require immediate attention and further scope of improvement for enhancing fisheries viz., Delineation of inland water resources using GIS platform, feasibility of cage culture for production of fingerlings and table fish, simplifying quarantine procedure for easy access of good quality seeds in the Islands form the main lands, exploring biodiversity of the Islands, training support for capacity building and knowledge strengthening to the stake holders and to draft of road map for alround and holistic development of inland fisheries of the Islands.




ICAR-CIFRI team visited A&N Islands

Exploratory survey of inland fishery resources

Exploratory survey of inland fishery resources

Exploratory survey of inland fishery resources

Exploratory survey of inland fishery resources