|Local transportation and one of the many vehicles that festoon the roads of Calcutta|
Fish (from left to right): Soumi Mitra, Dr Andy Marriott, Dr Simon Chenery, Baskhar Deb|
Bhattacharya, Dr Santosh Sarkar (our host) and Dibyendu Rakshit
This was my first trip to India and my colleague Dr Simon Chenery’s second. We visited India with the intention of developing a joint international project to investigate the biogeochemical cycling of pollutants/minerals and potential for bioaccumulation in aquacultural fish from Indian pond systems. This was our opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences from our different fields of expertise with a view to applying to UK and Indian agencies future research funding. Crucially, we were there to understand the aquaculture ponds role in supplying fish as the main source of protein/minerals for Calcutta and potential for pollutant cycling.
manufacture and the chimneys which form an integral part of the process
go hand in hand|
with fish aquaculture with ponds forming part of the overall system
|Areas where Brick kilns meet fisheries aquaculture. Note the makeshift hut|
on the right of the picture for the pond bailiff.
Discussions with locals by our hosts led us to a couple of likely sites. After some negotiation, we were taken to a pond where they had some fish ready netted. Surrounded by a bevy of men, women and children we collected our fish, water and sediment. Our hosts went through a questionnaire with the fisherman. Introductions complete, we were then taken to the first pond and watched as the owner walked through with his accomplice to corral fish into a corner where he could cast his net. Throughout the week we visited 9 sites/ponds and collected between 4-8 fish from each one. Now followed the task of processing all of our samples.
|The pond owner proudly holding a fish surrounded by family and locals from his village.|
|From left to right. Dibyendu, Dr Chenery, Baskhar and Soumi process one of the fish in the labs at the marine science department|