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Artificial reefs to be placed along Kerala coast

Posted on Jan 21, 08:19PM | UNI

The 16th Board meeting of Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) had decided to explore the possibility of placing artificial reefs along the Kerala Coast.

Based on the encouraging results got from the pilot project conducted off Vizhinjam Coast, KSCADC will undertake underwater studies of the place before implementing the project statewide, according to official sources here today.

Three hundred RCC Pyramidal modules and enriching materials were placed underwater off the Vizhinjam coast in July 2012. The meeting also decided to extend the benefits of Deep Sea fishing scheme to 150 more traditional fishing crafts.

Already 350 traditional crafts were benefited under the scheme where traditional deep sea going crafts are being provided with equipments worth Rs 40,000. This includes insulated boxes to suit stay fishing, GPS for navigation, life jackets, artificial baits, gears and other accessories.

Around 650 families will be additionally benefited in the scheme.

Fisheries Minister K Babu chaired the meeting. Fisheries Secretary James Varghese, Director Fisheries CA Latha, Managing Director of KSCADC Dr K Ampady, Director Board members Veli Varghese, Anil Kalathil and U S Balan participated.