Demonstration of scientific farming of flathead grey mullet among tribal fishers of Balasore, Odisha

Rajesh Kumar, Pradhan and Roul, Subal Kumar and Dash, Biswajit and Ghosh, Shubhadeep and Madhu, K (2020) Demonstration of scientific farming of flathead grey mullet among tribal fishers of Balasore, Odisha. Marine Fisheries Information Service Technical & Extension Series No. 244, 2020, 244. pp. 24-26. ISSN ISSN 0254-380X

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    Abstract

    The flathead grey mullet Mugil cephalus has good market demand in Odisha yet the farming of this fish is minimal. Scientific capture based farming both in cages and coastal saline ponds was initiated under a Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) programme operated in ICAR-CMFRI and small-scale fishers belonging to Bhumija tribe of Jugadiha village in Balasore district of Odisha were trained for this. 3200 fingerlings of grey mullet of 20-45 g body weight each and measuring 7-18 cm in total length were procured and stocked in ponds during October 2019. Acclimatized seeds were released in square GI cage (6 x 6 m) in November 2019. Feed prepared with wheat flour and ground nut oilcake as well as floating pellet feed was given @ 5% of body weight. After eight months culture period, a harvest of about 480 kg of grey mullet along with 20 kg of various local shrimp species was obtained from the ponds which provide the tribal fish farmers an additional income of `153,000 which proved helpful during the economically tough times during COVID-19 pandemic

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Mullet; Mugil cephalus; cage farming; TSP
    Subjects: Aquaculture > Farming/Culture
    Demersal Fishes > Mullet
    Divisions: CMFRI-Puri FC
    Depositing User: Mr. Prashanth P K
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 05:50
    Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 05:50
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/14710

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