Captive breeding of seahorse successful

Tuticorin: The captive breeding of seahorse by research scholars of Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute here was successful.

As many as 530 young ones were produced and released in a phased manner in the coral and sea grass area along the coast of Tuticorin.

A batch of 116 young ones was released here on Tuesday in the reef area outside the Tuticorin port. Seahorses were mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. They prefer to live in sheltered area such as sea grass beds and coral reefs. Sea horses were being exploited in various parts along the coast of India. The major threats to seahorses are exploitation for the purpose of commercial trade, habitat destruction due to trawling and pollution. The extracts from seahorses were being used for medicinal purpose since they have medicinal values.

As far as the Chinese medicine was concerned, seahorses were traditionally considered the main components.

“Since the species of seahorses are being depleted, seahorse captive culture and sea ranching is essential for enhancing wild stocks and to improve its production. Seahorse captive breeding is not a complex technology but the major concern in establishing seahorse aquaculture is a provision of sufficient quantities of nutritionally balanced live food,” J.K. Patterson Edward told The Hindu here on Tuesday. Having regard to all these factors, a pilot project has been taken up by the Forest Department, he said.

J. Praveen Paul Joseph From THE HINDU

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