Ramanathapuram Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (RCeSA) was established as a new production centre for marine finfish seeds under Tamil Nadu Fisheries University on 09.12.2014. This centre is spread over a seafront area of 25 acres in the coastal village of Seeniappa Dargha, Sathakonvalasai Panchayat of Ramanathapuram District.
This Center has one multispecies marine finfish hatchery built over an area of 11,583 square feet. It is a modular type of hatchery with provision for holding finfish brood stock, spawning, larval, nursery and live feed rearing.
This hatchery supports four numbers of round RCC tanks of 45 tonnes capacity each for rearing commercially important marine fin fishes like Rachycentron canadum (Cobia), Lates calcarifer (Asian sea bass) and Trachinotus blochii (Pompano). Apart from these brood stock tanks, the hatchery has clear spaces earmarked for undertaking hatching, larval and nursery rearing of the marine finfish eggs and larvae respectively. Facility for indoor rearing of live feed like microalgae, rotifers and copepods are also earmarked inside the hatchery. The Centre also has a laboratory for water quality and bacteriological studies. Two numbers of HDPE lined pond of 50 m2 is also present in the centre to undertake outdoor finfish rearing.
|1||Dr. C. Anand||Assistant Professor and Head firstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. S.Gokulakrishnan||Hatchery Technicianemail@example.com|
|Sl. No||Name of the Project||Principal Investigator||Funding Agency||Year||Financial outlay(Rs.)|
|1||Establishment of Marine Finfish Hatchery system at Mandapam||Dr. P. Jawahar, Professor and Head, CMFC||National Agricultural Development Programme||2014-15||184.5 lakhs|
|2||Strengthening of Regional Stations of CeSA||Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar, Director, DCeSA||National Agricultural Development Programme||2015-16||60.1 lakhs|
|3||Demonstration and Training for Farmers’ Capacity Building at Regional Outstations of CeSA in TNFU||Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar, Director, DCeSA||National Agricultural Development Programme||2016-17||50.267 lakhs|
The centre imparts training on marine ornamental finfish breeding and seed production with a focus on breeding of the clownfish. The trainees are exposed to the availability of marine ornamental finfishes in this region, collection, transportation, rearing, sourcing of accessories for finfish rearing, breeding and seed production. The centre so far conducted 10 training programme right from its inception. As a part of its educational programme the centre is also involved in imparting hands-on training to the fisheries graduates on scaling-up of livefeed, raising Artemia biomass, breeding and seed production of Clownfish. The centre also works in close connection with the Department of Fisheries by providing technical information on farming of finfish. The details of the training programme conducted by this centre are as follows
|Sl. No||Name of the Training Programme||Location and Date||Funding Agency||No. of Participants|
|1||Marine ornamental Fish Culture||Mariamman Nagar, Ervadi Dt.30.03.2016||National Agricultural Development Programme||34|
|2||Marine Ornamental Fish Culture||Devipattinam North. Dt.21.04.2016||National Agricultural Development Programme||18|
|3||Marine Ornamental Fish Culture||Pudumadam Dt. 31.05.2016||National Agricultural Development Programme||27|
|4||Marine Ornamental Fish Culture||Ramakrishnapuram, Dt. 9.06.2016||National Agricultural Development Programme||32|
|5||Marine Ornamental Fish Culture||Periyasamypuram, Dt. 22.10.2016||National Agricultural Development Programme||27|
|6||Cluster Formation on Marine Ornamental Fish Culture||RceSA Campus,
|National Agricultural Development Programme||34|