The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) , has received ₹ 9 crore from the Centre for setting up national brood-banks of two marine fish like Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) and Pompano (Trachinotus blochii). The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) has approved CMFRI’s proposal to enhance the production of farmed Cobia and Pompano through setting up of brood-banks and supply of larvae to all coastal states for seed production. The brood-bank will be set up at Mandapam and Vizhinjam regional centres of CMFRI and the regional hatcheries will be established in all maritime states. The brood-bank will have quarantine facility, brood-stock holding tanks, recirculation aquaculture systems and photothermal control systems. The proposed facility will sustainably produce fertilised eggs and newly hatched larvae from bio-secure brood-stocks of Cobia and Pompano fed with suitable diets under controlled water quality parameters and photo period.



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