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No special qualification or prior knowledge is required to attend the skill development program. Anyone who can read and write English and Hindi and has an interest to learn is eligible to attend. All applications duly forwarded by the Head of the Institution (not required in case of private candidates) should be sent to the Course Coordinator at the address provided. Photocopies of the format can also be used.
Intake Capacity
A total of 20 participants will be selected after screening. Fees /Accommodation/Food Charges Rs. 4000/person needs to be paid as course fees. The payment can be made online to the Coordinator before the program or in extreme emergency, at the venue on first day of program, either in cash or online Accommodation and food charges will be extra and are to be borne by participants as per expenditure incurred. Boarding and lodging is NOT available in the campus. Dormitory/twin sharing Non AC room (if available) – Rs.50-75/day while food charges would cost approximately Rs. 300/day.

Ornamental fish trade is worth more than US$ 15-20 billion globally, with an average annual growth of 9%. About 1,800 species of fish are traded (guppies and neon tetra alone commanding more than 25% of global market) and 30 out of 1200 varieties of freshwater origin, such as guppies, platys, swordtails, mollies, neon tetra, angel fishes, gold fish, zebra danio, discus and barbs, dominate the market. High value fishes such as Oscars, Discus and Arowana fetch higher profit. Top exporting countries (with % contribution to global trade) are Singapore (20%), Czech Republic (8%), Malaysia (7%), Israel (4%), Sri Lanka (3%) and China (1%). Main importers are USA, European Union and Japan. India’s share in ornamental fish trade is estimated to be less than 1% of the global trade, majorly based on wild collection of indigenous varieties from the North Eastern States of India and the Western Ghats. Domestic ornamental fish market is worth around Rs. 500 Crore.

Aquarium keeping, a popular hobby among urban citizens, requires dedication and passion for these little jewels, who can light up any corner of your home with their graceful presence. They thrive well in brightly illuminated, clean and pollution free aquarium water, which calls for adequate feeding (with available pellets and live earth or bloom worms), siphoning, filtering (with under gravel/sponge or power filters) and periodic water exchange. These can either be kept alone or with other compatible species and various aquatic plants. Aquarium making is an art in itself and so is the skill of aqua scaping. Aquariums may be of various dimensions according to the place where they need to be stationed and good aqua capes add value to the small ecosystem inside the aquarium. Good management practices go a long way to ensure healthier aquariums so as to continue this visual treat for years to come. Considering relatively simple techniques involved, this activity has the potential to create substantial employment opportunities besides earning foreign exchange. As an answer to the ever increasing demand for aquarium management techniques and needs of this industry, the Division of Aquaculture is organizing a Skill Development Program on, “Ornamental Fish
Culture and Aquarium Management”, at the ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education,
Mumbai – 400061, from 18-25 August, 2023.

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