Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has started cage fish farming in lakes near its popular golf course on a trial basis. The project was launched with the support of the Marine Products Export Development Agency (MPEDA) and the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture, Chennai, a CIAL statement said on Wednesday.
Cage aquaculture has several ecological benefits and research has been conducted in the field over the past few years, according to the statement. Cage aquaculture is helpful in reducing the carbon footprint of fish farming, he added.
The CIAL golf course covers 130 acres and there are seven lakes spread over 16 acres. Fry selection, fish care training and disease control will be assisted by both MPEDA and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre. Fingerlings from the seed production center of MPEDA will be purchased and initially tilapia, pearl spot and sea bass will be cultured in the cages.
CIAL has initiated steps to use its land for both solar energy production and vegetable cultivation as part of sustainable development efforts. In addition to providing quality fish from the lakes, the CIAL Golf Club will be able to generate sustainable income, says the communication.
Wastewater from the airport is treated and used to maintain 12 lakes and reservoirs. CIAL was also able to produce 90 tonnes of vegetables from its solar fields last year.
CIAL has produced over 25 crore units of electricity from its solar farm, making it the largest power generator in the state after Kerala Electricity Board Limited. The airport, which runs entirely on solar energy, has also recently commissioned a hydroelectric plant at Arippara.