6th India - International Aqua Show 2012: Faculty of Marine Sciences,

Annamalai University won the First prize in Marine Category

The Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala and Govt. of India has jointly organized India International Aqua Show 2012 during 10th to 14th February at Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium, Cochin, Kerala. The Chief Minister of Kerala has inaugurated the show and the Minister for Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala gave away prices to the winners.  


The Aqua show is not only being an important milestone in the development of ornamental aquaculture industry in the country, but also be a memorable and attractive event for the visitors including students, researchers, academicians and entrepreneurs. Various government organizations including Dept. of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala, Kerala Aqua Ventures International Limited (KAVIL), Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Fishery Survey of India and Department of Fisheries, U.T of Lakshadweep, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and Fisheries and Ocean University of Kerala were take part in the event. In addition, leading aquarium industries from India and Abroad were also established stalls in the show. The event provides an ideal platform for meaningful deliberations on various issues pertaining to the ornamental fishery sector which offer solutions for the development of the ornamental aquarium industry in future.


At the end, best Marine and Fresh water stalls were identified by a committee constituted by the organizers and the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University won the first price in the category of “Best Marine Aquarium”. The centre has established nine aquarium tanks in the show in collaboration with the West Coast hatcheries Pvt., Ltd. Cochin, the biggest marine ornamental fish hatchery of the country functioning with the technical collaboration of Annamalai University. Ten different species of hatchery bred Clown fishes displayed in the tanks got many appreciations from the gathering.