Kolkata: The Fisheries Department of the Bengal Government is going to start, for the first time, ‘cage culture’ of fish on a commercial scale. The fishes would be cultivated in brackish water bodies across the state. Earlier, similar fish culture has been done by various government and private organisations, but on much smaller scales.
This kind of fish culture would be conducted in the brackish water bodies owned by the State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) as well as by fishery cooperatives and people engaged in the fishery business.
As of now, it has been decided to employ 80 cages, 18 of which would be used by SFDC and the rest distributed among the bodies mentioned earlier, in the districts of Purba Medinipur and North and South 24 Parganas.
If this venture turns out to be successful commercially, the government has plans to do start similar activities in freshwater bodies as well as in marine zones.