Tuesday October 24, 2017

KUFOS students to study in British varsity

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Kochi: Students of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) will now get an opportunity to study at the Bournemouth University in Britain, as part of a new joint research project between the two varsities.

Adrian Pinder, director of Centre for Ecology at Bournemouth University (BU) met KUFOS authorities headed by Vice Chancellor B Madhusoodana Kurup here on Thursday and it was decided to initiate a tie-up between the two institutions in conducting joint research projects and starting twinning academic programmes.

Environment impact assessment and biotelemetry are the two major areas for collaborative research.

According to the preliminary agreement, KUFOS will start post-graduated Diploma programmes in the above topics and the students of these programmes will be given an opportunity to study a portion of their course there.

Besides this, KUFOS and the Bournemouth University will jointly organise workshops and training programmes in the identified areas. Student and faculty exchange programmes and consultancy research works have also been proposed under the linkage.

Pinder said that the Bournemouth University would take all necessary steps to forge a meaningful collaboration with KUFOS in the areas of ecological studies and fishery research.

We are already having tie-up with four Indian Universities, including JNU, and with IIM Kozhikode,

Kurup said that academic and research exchange programmes will definitely help to strengthen the fisheries and marine education in the country. (IANS)

(Picture Courtesy:www.biodiscover.com)

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Fishery business flourishing in Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla: The fishery industry is flourishing in Himachal Pradesh due to the persistent efforts of the state government, an official said here on Tuesday.

Fishery, both in the government and the private sector, is not only providing livelihood to the fishermen, but also helping to generate revenue for the state, according to a spokesperson for the fishery department.

He said schemes and efforts made by the government have increased the fish production, besides providing opportunities for self-employment.

During the last three years, 21,793 tonnes of fish valued at nearly Rs.20 lakh were produced in the state.

A total of 491.37 tonnes of table-size trout was produced from the state-run and private farms.

As a result of successful implementation of the rainbow trout farming technology, 362 trout units were established in Kullu, Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, Kinnaur and Chamba districts.

Under the Fish Farmers Development Agency program, 30.46 hectares were included in aquaculture and 29.50 hectares of old ponds were renovated, he said.

A new scheme “Mobile Fish Market” was launched under which four mobile fish market vehicles were purchased to provide fresh fish to consumers.

Trout, both brown and rainbow, are found in the Beas, Sutlej, and Ravi rivers in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh.

Being a game fish, the brown trout is also an angler’s delight.

To promote trout farming, one trout farm with an expenditure of over Rs.4 crore is being set up in Bharmour in Chamba district besides an aquarium house-cum-museum center with a total outlay of Rs.40 lakh being set up in Chamba.

Carp farms at Nalagarh in Solan district and Deoli in Una district have been modernized and expanded by spending Rs.8 crore.

The government has spent Rs.5 crore for creating 80-hectare water area in the shape of new fish ponds and 20-hectare water area in the shape of nursery ponds, the spokesperson said.

With the provision of financial support and technical knowledge, more and more people are coming forward to adopt fish farming.

A financial assistance of Rs.100,000 is being given for construction of a pond of one hectare to the youth belonging to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe while Rs.80,000 to the general category farmers under the centrally sponsored scheme.

The major fish species available in the streams of the state are trout, mahseer, and Gly PTO thorax.

Two new species — Hungarian common carp and Amoor common carp — have been imported.

Himachal Pradesh with its five rivers, numerous streams and reservoirs have a big potential for fish production, say experts.

Of the 3,000-km network of fisheries’ water resources, 600 km of cold water streams is conducive for trout farming.

The average annual production of a small fish farm is 900 kg, whereas a large farm could produce up to 3,400 kg, said a study by the Shimla-based Himachal Pradesh University’s Agro-Economic Research Centre.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Climate change taking toll on marine resources: Scientist

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Kochi: Climate change is taking a toll on fishery resources, with the consequent ocean warming and the rise of the sea level posing multiple threats to the marine ecosystem, a leading marine scientist said here on Thursday.

“The scientific community has to take steps to develop adequate technologies to reduce carbon footprints and international collaboration is necessary to undertake advanced research to tackle the issues being faced by the marine ecosystem,” B. Madhusoodana Kurup, vice chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), said at the Indo-EU workshop on marine ecosystem and climate in India.

The workshop was jointly organised by KUFOS and the Nansen Environmental Research Centre-India (NERCI) under the EU-INDO-MARECLIM project of the European Union.

“Climate change has direct impact on ocean resources. The consequent rise of sea surface temperature and habitat destruction are causing the disappearance of commercially important fish species,” he said.

“There are scientific challenges for ecologists, economists, and other social scientists, in understanding how human actions affect ecosystems, the provision of ecosystem services, and the value of those services.

“An effective strategy should be designed to manage, monitor and provide incentives that reflect the social values of ecosystem services,” said Kurup.

N.R. Menon, coordinator of the INDO-MARECLIM project and co-Chairman of NERCI, said the objective of the workshop was to establish scientific cooperation of India and the EU member states in areas of monsoon studies, protection of marine ecosystem and coastal zone management.

“The meet is aimed at initiating a tie-up with Europe to undertake serious research in these areas,” said Menon.

The INDO-MARECLIM project envisages developing an institutional network in India to embark on joint research ventures from a case to case basis.

The project aims at facilitating and improving cooperation between the EU members states, associated countries and India.

(IANS)