Hyderabad, India: Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) successfully conducted an experiment to locate fish shoals. During the experiment, scientists used satellite imagery to determine availability of fish at a particular area in the ocean and conveyed this information to fishermen. They claimed that this would save time as well as fuel fishermen use for their boats. The experiment was conducted by the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) in a small fishermen pocket in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri village.
According to ICAR officials, about 450 fishermen in Ratnagiri district could save about 50,000 litres of diesel by using satellite imagery rather than searching manually. They were all registered with a local office of the NAIP to receive SMS alerts about the fish reserves.
According to NAIP’s Director Dr Bangali Baboo, fish move in the same area for three days. Hence, the satellite image guidance is successful. The presence of fish in a particular pocket is identified based on the murkiness of the water. Fish heavily disturbs water, hence it looks mucky, while rest of the area appears clean. “We are now proposing to the planning commission and the fisheries department (Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute) to extend the satellite imagery system to the entire coastline across the country and save fuel”, Baboo, explained.
NAIP is a INR 1200 crore project with 80 percent funding from the World Bank and rest from the Indian government. It implements 834 projects in India. “Some projects are successful and some not. The Ratnagiri experiment has been successful”, he added. The project will go on till June 2014.
Source: Times of India