India’s first Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP), an ultra-modern exclusive facility for ornamental fish, will be set up in Chennai.
The park will be equipped with multi-species hatchery and live feed culture units and will become operational in the next three months.
The facility is expected to fulfill a major requirement of the industry for mass production of high value aquarium fish.
It is being developed by Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri in Tamil Nadu along with Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).
The MPEDA Chairman said the Rs 10-crore facility would be equipped with advanced infrastructure and technical expertise for boosting production of high value ornamental fish species — both indigenous and exotic.
The ARTP would develop breeding technologies for high value indigenous ornamental fish species and ensure quality fish seeds in bulk quantities.
Furthermore, it’ll develop new technologies for an uninterrupted supply of live feeds and advanced disease diagnosis and treatment mechanism.
It will also have a quarantine lab where exotic fish varieties imported from other countries would be treated for bacterial and viral infections.
States and union territories like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep have also chalked out plans on hi-tech ornamental fish hatchery.