Successful Installation and demonstration of multi-trophic pen system at Thycattussery, Vembanadlake
ICAR-CIFRI under NICRA project has successfully installed CIFRI HDPE pen of 560 sq.m. size at Thycattussery on 18th October 2019. The pen of 40 m length and 14 m breadth was installed at a pre-identified site characterized by loamy soil, variation in tidal inundation, water circulation, pollution free and accessibility to researchers as well as fishers who are involved with the culture activities. CIFRI pen was stocked with clam seeds (Villorita cyprinoides) of 1cm total length and 1g total weight collected from wild (Poochakkal) at the rate of 1 kg per sq.m. A total of 500 Kg of clam seeds was stocked in the pens anticipating revenue of nearly 1.5 lakhs tonnes.The stocking programme was inaugurated by Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI on 20th October 2019. The fishers associated with Thycattussery Black Clam Co-operative Society, Thycattussery stocked the clams by broadcasting in the CIFRI pens.
The subsequent stake holders meeting was addressed by the Director, ICAR-CIFRI in presence of NICRA ICAR-CIFRI, Kochi team. The director suggested to stock 1% of the clam seeds or mature clam to open waters as a part of stock replenishment strategy. He suggested identifying the suitable stocking density for clams to obtain harvest in the least time. The director promoted the fisherwomen to form SHG’s so that they may be provided pens for culture in the back waters.