Call for Expression of Interest…

National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA) invites Expression of Interest from national consultancy firms for the following works to be executed as part of a three-year project funded by Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) to conserve the endangered Golden Mahaseer:

  1. Preparation of designs, drawings, and estimates for a Hatchery Cum Conservation Facility (two-storied structure) for Golden Mahaseer and other native fish species;
  2. Preparation of bidding documents to invite bids for the construction of the said Hatchery Cum Conservation Facility; and
  3. Supervision of the construction of the said Hatchery Cum Conservation Facility.

The (i) Terms of Reference (ToR) and (ii) Bidding Document for the assignment being offered can be obtained from the Administrative Section of the NCA on payment of a non-refundable amount of Nu.300/- from 9 AM of October 28 till 2 PM of November 7, 2013. You may also download the ToR below:

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The bids must be received at the NCA latest by 11 AM of November 14, 2013 and shall be opened at 2 PM the same day.

For more information, please call 06-251200 or 06-251190.

Update on Aquaculture target in the 11 FYP…

The target for Aquaculture program during the 11th Five Year Plan in the country in terms of output of wet fish has seen a spectacular increase in the last couple of months. From the initial 100 MT to the interim 500 MT to the presently set 750 MT, the target has increased by 650 %. This means that the Department of Livestock (DoL) now has the challenging responsibility of enabling the farmers in the kingdom to collectively produce 750 MT of fish per annum by the year 2018. The targets for other livestock commodities under the department have also seen such increases. For example, the targeted output of chicken meat has increased from the initial 909 MT to the presently set 1200 MT. Such revisions of targeted outputs of livestock products/ fish are strongly indicative of the DoL’s efforts to support the government’s endeavor to reduce import of livestock products toward curtailing the outflow of foreign monies, especially the Indian Rupee.

Keep visiting this site for further updates as they come to pass.

The MHPA pitches in to conserve the Golden Mahaseer…

In response to a request for support made in the form of a project, prepared and submitted in late March, 2013, by National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) has pitched in with a grant of Nu.12.964 Millions. The grant MoU was signed between Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and the MHPA on 31st July, 2013. The grant is a tangible manifestation of the MHPA’s commitment to preserve the kingdom’s natural environment, and will be utilized principally to:

  1. Establish a state of the art hatchery cum conservation complex for the endangered Golden Mahaseer and other sub-tropical fish species at the NCA. The blue print for the structure was prepared with the assistance of fisheries experts from Thailand’s Department of Fisheries who visited the NCA in late June, 2013;
  2. Educate the MHPA-affected riparian communities toward bolstering the kingdom’s efforts to conserve the endangered Golden Mahaseer and other relevant fish species; and
  3. Raise awareness and build collaboration amongst major stakeholders toward strengthening the nation’s efforts to conserve the endangered Golden Mahaseer and other relevant fish species.

The MHPA-funded project began on 1st August, 2013 and will terminate on 30th June, 2016. In implementing it, the NCA will solicit the support and cooperation of important stakeholders such as Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), National Environment Commission (NEC), and National Centre for Lake and Riverine Fisheries (NCLR&F). The project is intended to create a system wherein Golden Mahaseer from different waters in the kingdom is bred and the resultant fingerlings are released back into the waters from where the parent fish had come. During the project period, the NCA will focus on breeding the species found in Mangdechhu-basin. In the future, species from the other waters will receive attention.

The project is already underway. At the moment of composing this write up, a team of fisheries personnel from the NCA are scouring the length and breadth of Mangdechhu and its tributaries to collect viable breeders and juveniles of Golden Mahaseer and Chocolate Mahseer (Neolissochilus Hexagonolepis). In this activity, the team from the NCA is being assisted by personnel from the DoFPS and a few residents of Berti village who have been hired to provide guidance and physical labor.

500 MT of fish by 2018…

Considering the serious need to curtail import of fish, and the corresponding outflow of the INR, the preponderant objective of the aquaculture program during the 11 Five Year Plan has been raised from 100 MT to 500 MT of fish. This means that by 2018, Bhutanese farmers must be enabled to produce a total of 500 MT of fish per annum. While seemingly daunting for a landlocked country with a mountainous terrain, this is not an entirely impossible task. What is called for is a combination of new ideas and new methods to execute old ideas. Anyway, to achieve the new objective of producing 500 MT of fish by 2018, the following important activities will be resorted to in the 11 FYP:

  1. Encourage adoption and scaling up of fish farming ventures;
  2. Technological interventions to enhance productivity;
  3. Culture Based Capture Fisheries (CBCF) in community water bodies/ common access water bodies;
  4. Farmers’ institution building;
  5. Breed enhancement and diversification;
  6. Public-Private-Partnerships to produce live inputs, especially stunted fingerlings; and
  7. Skills dissemination and capacity building;

Invitation for Bids…

National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), Gelephu invites bids from eligible firms for the Supply of Fishing Gears, Aquaria, & General Tools & Instruments for the financial Year 2013-2014. The bid documents can be obtained from Administrative Section of the NCA on payment of Nu. 500/- per document (non refundable) with effect from 2nd August, 2013. The bids must be received at the NCA latest by 12 Noon of 2nd September, 2013, and shall be opened on the same day at 2PM.

For more information, please call +975-06-251128/ 251200.

Submitted by Administrative Officer, NCA.