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Bright future beckons aquaculture

25 November 2005

INDIA - The uncertainty over shrimp production in coastal areas is removed while the central government has passed an Act after tabling a bill “Coastal Aqua-culture Authority Bill-2005” in the last session and a future for aqua-culture has been foreseen. It will ensure that mindless opposition to aquaculture by environmental terrorists will not take place. Coastal aquaculture is per se not detrimental to the environment and can be carried out without any adverse impact on the people living in the coastal areas such as traditional fishermen and agriculturists. One significant feature of this Act is the simplification of the procedure for registration of shrimp farms especially up to an area of 2 hectares. While the Act has come as a shot in the arm of aqua-culturists, the DFO Mr Sibnarayan Sarkar said: “The act has superseded all previous guidelines pertaining to coastal culture as according to the present act the sector can suitably take up farming in sustainable, eco-friendly, regulated and responsive manner”. He further added that since December 1996, the activities in the coastal area were regulated by the “Aqua-culture authority of India ‘-Chennai — which was formed following the intervention of Supreme Court said the new set of guidelines under the Act is awaited. Source: The Statesman

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