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Puducherry Embarks on a Transformative Initiative: 14 Artificial Reefs to Boost Coastal Fish Breeding

In a groundbreaking move, the Puducherry government, in collaboration with the Central Marine Fisheries Institute (CMFRI), Visakhapatnam, is set to implement a ₹4.34 crore project to install 14 artificial reefs along its coastline. This ambitious endeavor, funded entirely by the Centre under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), aims not only to enhance fish breeding but also to uplift the livelihoods of traditional fishermen.

Artificial reefs, structured human-built formations on the seabed, serve as substitutes for natural habitats. Scientifically designed, these reefs function as self-sustaining production systems, offering a sanctuary for marine life. Joe K. Kizhakudan, Principal Scientist and Head of CMFRI, emphasized the success of similar projects in Tamil Nadu, where more than 400 reefs have been planned this year alone.

The plan entails erecting 14 reefs this year, with an additional 25 slated for the following year, adaptable based on the Union Territory’s requirements. The deployment locations, identified by the Puducherry government and CMFRI, will be strategically chosen to optimize the benefits of these artificial reefs.

During a recent inspection of coastal hamlets, including Kalapet, Periya Kalapet, Chinna Kalapet, Ganapathychettikulam, and Pillaichavady, officials engaged with stakeholders, educating fishermen about the potential transformation these reefs could bring to the marine fishing landscape.

The artificial reefs, submerged like coral formations, will be anchored to ensure stability. Over time, these structures will foster the growth of algae and marine flora, attracting a diverse range of fish species. CMFRI notes that over 300 species can coexist in settled artificial reef habitats, including commercially valuable varieties such as breams, groupers, snappers, perches, cobia, sea bass, rabbit fish, silver biddies, seer fish, barracuda, mackerel, trevallies, and queen fish.

The positive outcomes observed in terms of enhanced fish availability to small-scale fishers at lower operational costs have prompted the Central government to expand this technology across the country. As the project unfolds, it holds the promise of not only rejuvenating marine ecosystems but also providing sustainable economic benefits to local communities. Puducherry’s initiative sets the stage for a model that could be replicated in various coastal regions, contributing to the overall well-being of both marine life and the communities dependent on it.

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