State Fisheries Minister K. Babu has called for strengthening research activities in agriculture and fisheries varsities to find solutions to the diseases afflicting coconut palms and fishes.

The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the A M Michael Aquarium Complex at Kerala University of Fisheries and Oceanic Studies (KUFOS). He said that plans are also under way to expand fishery in a big way.

The proposal to set up oceanariums in different districts has been submitted to the government.

Ornamental fishery

The government has also plans to promote ornamental fishery under the Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen by implementing aquariums in their homes.

Kerala Aqua Ventures International Ltd will be revived to boost ornamental fishery in the State, he said, adding that KUFOS has been sanctioned sufficient funds to take up more developmental activities.

A proposal to set up a campus in Kumarakom in association with the Kerala Agriculture University is being considered, he said.

Madhusoodhana Kurup, Vice-Chancellor, KUFOS, urged the Minister to sanction funds for setting up a fisheries museum and amphitheatre.

He said that the aquarium has been set up to create awareness on fish and help the common man tap the immense potential of ornamental fish.

The university aims to propagate the simple techniques of fish breeding that are cost-effective and within the common man’s reach.

There are 41 tanks on display with more than 25 varieties of freshwater fish and their sub-species such as silver and pearl arowanas, tetra, angel fish, gold.

Two tanks exhibit three varieties of brackish water fish such as mullets, milkfish, and etroplus. Another two tanks showcase marine fish such as moray eels, reef cods, clown and damsels.

(This article was published on April 7, 2013)
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