22 September 2021, New Delhi: In continuation of the regular sea ranching initiative, the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) released four lakhs of green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus ) seeds with a size of PL-30 into the sea grass beds of the Palk Bay at Munaikadu in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu on 20th September 2021. The sea ranching initiative will be helpful to promote the livelihood of the fishermen in the region and also for the conservation and in maintaining a sustainable shrimp stock in the wild. The shrimpseeds were released by Dr. R. Jayakumar, Head-in-Charge, Scientists and Staff of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI and local fishermen. The programme was coordinated by Mr. M. Sankar, Scientist and Dr. Johnson. B, Senior Scientist of the Centre.
During the period from 2017 to 2021, a total of 13.745 million numbers P. semisulcatus shrimp seeds were released in this region. For the current financial year 2021-2022, a total of 2.1 million green tiger shrimp seeds has been sea ranched at Palk bay.