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An awareness programmes on seaweed culture using HDPE raft based method in North Andhra coast was organised for fisher youth under AINP-M project for three days during 22 to 24, February 2023 at ICAR-CMFRI, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre. The programme was attended by 25 fisher youth from Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh. Seaweed culture using innovative HDPE raft based net tube method was developed by CMFRI, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre to suite to the sea climatic conditions in these region. Accordingly, during the three days programme, the fishermen were given exposure on the use of seaweeds, different culture methods and economic benefit of seaweed culture in enhancing their livelihood. Also, the participants were given field exposure on preparation of HDPE raft, tube nets, and culture aspects. During the programme, the fishermen were also educated about different schemes available under PMMSY for seaweed cultivation by the officials from Department of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh.  The programme was jointly organised by ICAR-CMFRI, Visakhapatnam Centre in association with in association with an NGO viz., LAYA. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Sekar Megarajan, with Co-Coordinators including Dr. Ritesh Ranjan, Dr. Biji Xavier, Dr. Jeyasree Loka and Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh from Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.   

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