Friday 19 July 2019

Report on study trip to fisheries research and information centre (fric) 2019

A study trip was organized on 16th July 2019 for 5BCZ and 5CBZ students to the Fisheries Research and Information Centre (FRIC), Hesaraghatta as a part of their practical syllabus in Aquatic Biology accompanied by Dr Krishna Kumar V and Dr Mridul Umesh. Fisheries Research and Information Centre (FRIC) is a unit established in the year 1960 by Govt. of Karnataka as a Fisheries Research Station and got transferred to University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru in 1966. It is a part of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University since 2005 and was re-nominated as Fisheries Research & Information Centre. It is located adjacent to the Hesaraghatta Lake, which is about 38 km away from the Bengaluru city. The visit was spearheaded by Dr Ravindragouda Patil, who briefed about the objectives of the institute, and highlighted the various steps involved in culture fisheries. Dr Patil described the shortcomings of the capture fisheries sector and explained the breeding techniques used for the culture of the Indian major carps at the institute.  The research centre housed facilities like breeding tanks, stocking tanks and integrated aquaculture (duck- cum- fish and poultry- cum- fish) systems and has diverse array of aquatic animals ranging from goldfishes, mollies, guramis to swordtails, bettas and a soft-shelled turtle. The students had a fruitful interaction with Dr Patil and were benefited from his expertise about the intricacies and the importance of care, prudence and patience in the aquaculture industry.

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