15th January 2018
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) released a new technology christened “ICAR-CIFT-Low Drag Trawl” during a function organised on a cruise on-board ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin vessel FV Sagar Harita today. Dr. Mohapatra lauded the efforts of officers and crew of the Vessels of ICAR-CIFT and ICAR-CMFRI, who had participated in the rescue operations aftermath of the Ockhi cyclone. He also appreciated the work done for the societal development of the large scale fisher communities in the southern coast during the period of stress. DG was accompanied by Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science).
Dr. Ravishankar C.N., Director, ICAR-CIFT briefed about the technology that included an optimized design of trawl coupled with fabrication using new generation material (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyetylene (UHMWPE) twines, which can significantly reduce drag offered by the trawl underwater.
Dr. Leela Edwin, Head, FT division gave a brief report on the studies conducted on-board fishing vessels which showed a reduction in the fuel consumption by 13% and a total savings in operational expenditure by 7.5%. This technology intended for the small-scale mechanized trawl sector of India, can help in significant reduction in the fuel consumption of this sector, which is the most energy intensive fishing method now, expending by burning, 0.8 kg of fossil fuel for capturing 1 kg of fish.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin)