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Kankarta Deploys Seabed Cages to Culture Fish

INDIA - The fishermen of coastal Karnataka may soon be finding a new method of fishing if a project, launched by the Mangalore Research Centre of the Kochi-based Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), yields the desired results.

A.P. Dineshbabu, senior scientist of the centre, told The Hindu that the underwater fish culture in cages had been launched about 3 km off Uppunda near Byndoor in Udupi district. According to TheHindu, the centre had set up two cages of 6-metre diameter each, under the waters in the Arabian Sea. Another project had been taken up in Karwar, he added.

The cages, made of plastic and thermocol, were submerged in water and anchored to the bottom of the seabed. They were circular in shape, reported the news orgabisation.

One cage should be stocked with white prawns and the other with sea-bass the subsequent week. The CMFRI believed that cages could be deployed in future to grow the local and highly-valued marine fish.

The cages would last for five years and they could be retrieved and kept ashore during monsoon and could be relocated to their original places when the sea became calm, Mr. Dineshbabu told TheHindu. The project authorities were exploring the possibilities of gathering data on the socio-economic impact of mooring offshore cages along the Karnataka coast.

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