A government project in India is helping communities in Tamil Nadu empower themselves through seaweed and marine ornamental fish farming.
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has successfully implemented the government’s Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) is enabling villagers in the Ramanathapuram district to earn additional incomes through the highly desirable farming practice.
Ninety-seven per cent of families in Puthukudi village are from the Kadiayar community, the majority of them involved in fishing. The ICAR-CMFRI launched the initiative, the first of its kind in the area, by creating an awareness and training programme on mariculture technologies in September 2019.
A total of 28 fishers in ten groups were selected to undertake seaweed farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii and framing began during the second week of November 2019.
Marine ornamental fish culture
Eighteen fisherwomen in six groups were selected to undertake marine ornamental fish seed rearing with the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI establishing six sheds. The fish are ready for selling after 30 to 45 days.
The ICAR-CMFRI has also helped the communities by linking members to marketers for both seaweed and marine ornamental fish sale.