Demonstration of Pearlspot Culture in CIFRI HDPE Pens under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in
Vazhani Reservoir, Kerala.
ICAR-CIFRI Kochi Centre demonstrated the culture of pearl spot(Etroplussuratensis) in CIFRI
HDPE pens in Vazhani Dam on 4 th January 2021. The fishermen belonging to ST community of
Vazhani Dam Harijan- Girijan Fisheries Co-operative Society (Vazhani, Thrissur Dt.)
participated in the programme. The programme was inaugurated by Shri. T.V.Sunil
Kumar,President, ThekkumkaraGramaPanchayat, Vazhani, ThrissurDistrict, Kerala. Other
invited guests included Smt. Shiny Jacob (Ward member, Vazhani), Smt. Maja Jose (DDF,
Thrissur), Mr.Shibu Kumar (SI Fisheries, Vazhani) and Mr. P. Gangadharan (President, Vazhani
Dam Harijan- Girijan Fisheries Co-operative Society). Dr.DeepaSudheesan, Scientist &Officer
in charge welcomed the distinguished invitees and fishers of Vazhani. She interacted with them
by explaining the activities of the centre and by making the fishers aware about theTribal Sub
Plan initiated by the centre for improving the reservoir fisheries sector.The demonstration
programme was attended by 12 active fishers out of the 40 participants. The fishers were
provided with 3 CIFRI HDPE pens, 7500 seeds and 100 kg feed under the TSP programme by
the ICAR-CIFRI Kochi centre.
Shri. T.V.Sunil Kumar declared the venture officially inaugurated by releasing seeds of
Etroplussuratensisinto CIFRI HDPE pens installed in Vazhani reservoir. Around 7500 seeds of 3
to 5cm size were stocked in three pens (1000 sq.ft each). Under this TSP programme the species
is expected to grow to 10 cm before stocking in the reservoir. This enhancement strategy would
ensure better harvesting size and catch per unit effort for Vazhani reservoir fishers.
The programme was successfully convened and organised by Dr.DeepaSudheesan, Dr.Thankam
Theresa Paul (Scientist) and Shri. S.Manoharan (CTO).