Preliminary estimates of potential areas for seaweed farming along the Indian coast

Johnson, B and Divu, D and Jayasankar, Reeta and Ranjith, L and Dash, Gyanaranjan and Megarajan, Sekhar and Edward, Loveson and Ranjan, Ritesh and Muktha, M and Xavier, Biji and Rajesh, N and Ratheesh Kumar, R and Anuraj, A and Suresh Babu, P P and Ramkumar, S and Chellappan, Anulekshmi and Nakhawa, A D and Koya, Mohammed and Ghosh, Shubhadeep and Loka, Jayasree and Jayakumar, R and Nazar, A K A and Asokan, P K and Kaladharan, P and Rohit, Prathibha and Mojjada, Suresh Kumar and Satish Kumar, M and Ignatius, Boby and Singh, V V and Gopalakrishnan, A (2020) Preliminary estimates of potential areas for seaweed farming along the Indian coast. Marine Fisheries Information Service, Technical and Extension Series, 246. pp. 14-28. ISSN ISSN 0254-380X

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    Abstract

    India has enormous potential for seaweed mariculture; however, mass scale commercial farming of seaweeds is yet to take off successfully in the country. R&D efforts over the years have resulted in techno-scientific improvements in farming technologies such as floating rafts, net-tubes, long-lines, and cage based IMTA systems for seaweed culture. However, a few challenges remain, particular in identifying potential sites, its demarcation and developing suitable and sustainable spatial plans for seaweed farming on a country-wide, commercial perspective. In view of the emerging importance of seaweed mariculture and policy thrust by the Government of India, an all India preliminary site selection survey suitable for seaweed farming was conducted by ICAR-CMFRI along all maritime states of India. From this survey a total of 23,970 ha area were identified as potential seaweed farming along the Indian coast. In the present article, we present details of the suitable sites and its demarcation on a preliminary spatial map for facilitating the imminent expansion and effective adoption of seaweed farming in the country.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: GIS, mariculture, seaweed, site selection, spatial mapping
    Subjects: Aquaculture > Farming/Culture
    Algae > Seaweed
    Algae
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 09:41
    Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 09:41
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/14936

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