The institute is observing its Platinum Jubilee Year in 2017 and it is rightfully a moment to celebrate. The institute which was established in 1947, has developed a strong multidisciplinary approach to marine capture and culture fisheries and emerged as a leading tropical marine fisheries research institute in the world. Recently a new research centre was set up in Digha, West Bengal which can address the regional issues in the marine fisheries sector in a better and focused manner. Scientists of the institute have been involved in developing many products that can be used for societal benefits like mKrishi® Fisheries, GIS database on fish landing centres and nutraceuticals from seaweeds. Success in scaling up of the seed production of commercially important bivalves and finfishes has now become possible due to synergetic research regarding selection and development of appropriate larval feeds, fish health and hatchery protocols. As part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan activities, efforts are being made to create awareness on marine pollution and its adverse impacts, among fishermen and the public which can contribute to building a clean and healthy India. As we move forward, I extend my best wishes to all, to achieve even more success in the coming years.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan