India plans seafood processing park
Two locations, a 7-acre land in Vaniyanchavadi on Rajiv Gandhi Salai and 2.5 acre land in Kasimedu, have been shortlisted for a modern fish processing park in the city.
According to sources, the work on the project would begin in three months. The park would initially focus mainly on fish catch by 600 mechanised boats in Chennai. The facility is likely to have processing units, education centre, auction hall and conference facilities. It would not merely focus on export-oriented species such as sear fish, pomfret, tuna and shrimp that are common in Chennai. The project would identify new value-added options such as manufacturing of sea food analogues using low-value fish.
The Department of Fisheries has already requested expression of interest from consultants for preparation of a detailed project report. The bid opening for the expression of interest is on 12 December and the report would be ready in one month.