Ludhiana 21 November 2022-To showcase solidarity with the fishermen and fish farmers, College of Fisheries (COF), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana organized Fish Festival with a message to conserve ecosystem services of aquatic resources for long term socio-economic benefits. The festival was inaugurated by Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU, in the presence of Dr. Asha Dhawan, Former Dean, COF (Retd.) and Officers of the university.

Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Dean, COF informed that to create awareness and promote consumption of fish among Punjabi folks, mouthwatering ‘Ready to eat’/‘Ready to Cook’ fish products and fish protein supplemented fast foods were displayed and sold in the festival. Fish products prepared by the students and product stalls of entrepreneurs trained by GADVASU attracted large number of people to the festival, she added. In addition to fish and shrimp products like fish fingers, fish cutlet, fish balls, fish sausages, marinated shrimp, fish/shrimp pickle and fish soup; live food fish and ornamental fish were also sold at the festival. Display of live ornamental fish and aquaria enthralled the ornamental fish lovers and school children, said Dr. Ansal.

The Fish Festival was conceptualized and coordinated by Dr. Vaneet Inder Kaur, Principal Scientist cum Head, COF. The fish products exhibition cum sale was organized by scientists, Dr. Ajeet Singh, Dr. Vijay Kumar Reddy and Dr. Siddhnath, while ornamental fish exhibition cum sale was organized by aquaculture scientists Dr. Sachin Kumar Khairnar and Dr. Amit Mandal. Poster making, poetry and tagline competition were also organized to create public awareness about nutritional benefits of fish and shellfish in boosting immunity, heart health, eye sight, brain development and memory improvement, under the guidance of Fisheries Resource Management Scientists, Dr. Sarabjit Kaur and Dr. Grishma Tewari.

Extending warm felicitations to faculty and students of COF, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, expressed that it is very important to celebrate such events, so that importance of natural resources in food and livelihood security could be highlighted, along with human responsibilities towards conservation of these resources.