In an event much to the jubilation of the fishermen community in Uttara Kannada, a harvest festival was held at Harwada on 13th May 2022. A total of 300 kg of seabass, 100 kg of pompano and 150 kg of green mussels were harvested from Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA) demonstration cages under the All India Network Project- AINP(M) at Harwada, Uttara Kannada. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) inaugurated the harvest after 135 days of culture.
Shri Vigneswara Prasanna, a self-help group of fishermen, carried out the IMTA in two 6 m diameter galvanised iron marine cages at Harwada, Uttara Kannada under the technical guidance of Karwar Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI. These cages were stocked with seabass (Lates calcarifer) and silver pompano (Trachinotus blochii) for farming. Seeded ropes of green mussels were also tied on the outer frame of these two marine cages for IMTA demonstration. Due to unfavorable weather forecast the farmers were forced to go for an early harvest of fishes.