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Bagda, Bhekti seeds ranching in Chilika planned

Bhubaneswar, Aug 25:  The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has proposed for ranching of three million tiger prawn (Bagda) seeds (SPF stock) and about two lakhs of sea bass (Bhekti) seeds (20-25 mm) by October to boost fisheries in the Chilika Lake.

The tiger prawn and sea bass seeds will be procured from RCGA hatcheries at Gopalpur-on-sea and Chennai.

It was decided in a meeting of the executive committee of CDA held recently under the chairmanship of Forest and Environment Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra. The executive committee also took several important decisions relating to the development of fisheries.

It was approved to provide financial assistance in form of soft loan of Rs 10 lakh to each Primary Fishermen Cooperative Society under Chilika Circle with simple interest of four percent through CFCCS Ltd., Balugaon against the fixed deposit amounts.

It was revealed in the meeting that Rs 4 crore from 13th FC grant and Rs 2 crore from State Plan was granted since 2012 for the purpose and placed with MD, CFCCS and ARCS Balugaon.

They are providing the finance to concerned PFCS and already few societies have repaid and got the loans sanctioned second time also. This is an ongoing successful programme.

The executive committee recommended to the Government for approval to utilise interest money for financing the activities of the primary cooperative societies following same guidelines.

It was also proposed that a fishery cooperative inspector from Directorate of Fisheries may be brought on deputation to CDA to monitor the successful programme.

It was decided to conduct about 60 awareness meetings in important fishing villages of Chilika Lake between September this year and March 2017 with the help of NGOs to campaign responsible fishing in the outer lead channels between the lake mouth and main water body so as to allow movement of fish and its juveniles, saline water and sediment from the sea to Chilika and vice versa.

Patrolling and removal of nets in the demarcated channels shall be taken up during the period.

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