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“Recent trends in Biofloc Technology & Shrimp Disease Management”

                          The International Workshop “Ponshrimp’16-Recent trends in Biofloc Technology and Shrimp Disease Management” was organised by Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri, a constituent unit of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University on 20.02.2016.  The Workshop emphasizedon the influence of biofloc on Litopennaeus vannamei particularly during the nursery phase and in shrimp disease management. Dr. Cheryl Antony Professor and Head, Department of Aquaculture welcomed the gathering.

            Dr. S. Felix, Ph.D., Dean Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri spoke on the concept and theme of the Workshop.  He said that since Tiruvallur District being the hub of Vannamei Shrimp farming in low saline water this workshop will serve as a platform for the shrimp farmers and entrepreneurs to take up this industry representing the national level.  The workshop was inaugurated by Tmt. E. Sundaravalli, IAS, District Collector, Thiruvallur District.  The District Collector in her inaugural address emphasized on the need to analyse the area suitable for undertaking low saline shrimp farming and promised that necessary action would be taken to curb the ground-level problems of low saline shrimp farming.  She encouraged the farmers to learn from the South-Korean experience and the experience of farmers from other states and thrive hard to bring Tamil Nadu first among other states in shrimp farming. She also emphasized that license through Fisheries Department will be arranged for Shrimp farming activities in the district after constituting technical experts and Institutes involved in the activities.   

            The District Collector released the brochure on “Emerging pathogens in Shrimp Aquaculture: Challenges and Control measures” and the copies were received by Dr. IN KWON JANG , Project Manager, National Institute of Fisheries Science. Algeria (Professor, West Sea Fisheries Res. Institute, Busan, Republic of Korea) and Dr. S. Felix, Dean, Fisheries College & Research Institute, Ponneri.  There were over 120 farmers, entrepreneurs and academicians  from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh who attended the Workshop. The Workshop concluded with the vote of Thanks by Dr. S. Balasundari, Professor, FC&RI, Ponneri.