India opens cross-species aquaculture complex for black tiger, groundfish

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India opens cross-species aquaculture complex for black tiger, groundfish

India's Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has opened a new multi-species aquaculture complex on the island of Vallarpadam in Kochi, reports Krishijagran.com.
The nine-acre facility, which cost INR 72.6 million ($1.01m) to build, has freshwater and marine hatcheries to cater to the needs of fish farmers in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra.
According to Krishijagran.com, the facility has an annual capacity to grow 20 million black tiger shrimp seeds, as well as a small nursery for mud crab. The facility also includes nurseries for four different species of groundfish: sea bass, silver pompano, genetically-improved farmed tilapia, and cobia.
The multi-species complex will be the first of its kind in India, delivering to both domestic and export markets, according to the article. Similarly, its proximity to the airport should also ensure a faster transportation of seeds than would otherwise be expected.