Veraval Research Centre of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology offered three days training cum field demonstration of square mesh codend to fishermen at Ratnagiri during 20-22 May, 2014. The programme was organised by NETFISH, MPEDA in association with ‘Manav Vikas Sevabhavi Sanstha’ (an NGO), Thane, Mahartshtra. The programme was attended by 18 active fishermen and net makers of the village Karla, Ratnagiri. Shri Nizar Borkar, Chairman of Karla Fisheries Cooperative Society welcomed gathering, Dr. K.K. Prajith, Scientist of the Centre explained the activities of CIFT in the direction of responsible and resource conservation fishing techniques. Further he narrated the advantage of square mesh codend over conventional diamond mesh codend. Shri Santhosh Kadam, State Coordinator, NETFISH proposed the vote of thanks.
Later on Sri H. V. Pungera and Shri Aravind Kalangutkar, Technical Officers, CIFT demonstrated designing and fabrication of square mesh codend for commercial trawl nets. Two day commercial fishing trials were also conducted with the modified codend.
Participants and faculty of the training programme Dr. Prajith speaking about the benefits of square
Fabrication and field trials of square mesh cod end