On 3rd February, 2019, ICAR-CMFRI celebrated the proud and glorious moment of its 72nd Foundation Day. From its inception in 1947 as a Research Station based in Mandapam, of the erstwhile Madras State, it has emerged as a top marine fisheries research institute with centres located in all maritime states of India. The institute has a major role in ensuring the sustainability of the marine fishery resources through the promotion of responsible fishing and mariculture activities. The institute has contributed significantly in developing the National Marine Fisheries Policy 2017, which if implemented properly has the scope to increase marine fish production in quantity and value, benefitting all stakeholders. The emphasis on ecolabelling and adoption of Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) approaches in developing out fisheries management plans are noteworthy. On the mariculture front, the institute has several successes to its credit. After the breakthrough in developing a hatchery technology for the Indian white shrimp during the 80's, the indigenously developed technologies for farming molluscs, breeding protocols for several high value food fishes like cobia and pompano, Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS), open sea cage designs and culture protocols for fish farming have been significant mileposts. The challenges are many as we move into an era of a vibrant and sustainable marine fisheries sector envisaged, but we should wholeheartedly strive with confidence to reach our goals.
With best wishes.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan