International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

Volume 1, Issue 6, 2014


Potential of cage aquaculture in Indian reservoirs


Author(s): Gunjan Karnatak, Vikash Kumar

Abstract: Indian reservoirs with water spread  area of 3.15 m ha and yield potential of 50, 20 and 8 kg/ha/yr. from small, medium and large reservoir respectively, leave enough scope of enhancing fish yield from such resources through culture based capture fisheries and aquaculture. Inland fish production from capture fisheries in India has declined during the last few decades. Factors such as increasing consumption of fish, declining wild fish stocks and climate change have produced strong interest in fish production from aquaculture. Prioritizing production of fish from reservoirs holds the key for increasing inland fish production in India. Cage culture is being looked upon as an opportunity to utilize existing reservoirs with great production potential to enhance production from inland open waters and posed as an answer to increased demand for animal protein in the country.


Fig: Experimental cage culture at Maithon reservoirs by CIFRI.

Fig: Experimental cage culture at Maithon reservoirs by CIFRI.

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