Our institute which has completed 70 years of service to the nation can rightly feel proud of its accomplishments during the quarter. The institute made its pioneering foray into breeding and seed production of several marine finfishes of high commercial value, a few years ago. Presently sustained large scale seed production technology is available for several species like cobia, silver pompano and orange grouper. In recognition of the institute's achievements, DADF has announced a substantial funding support to establish the Brood Banks of cobia and silver pompano. This will facilitate supply of quality fish seeds to the marine fish farmers and help to boost marine fish production through mariculture. In tune with the institute's mandate for promoting sustainable marine fish production, an Indian Marine Fisheries Code complying with international instruments like the FAO-CCRF for management of fisheries resources has been developed by the scientists of ICAR-CMFRI jointly with ICAR-CIFT. It is expected this will suitably guide the fisheries management bodies at the state and central levels in the designing of appropriate guidelines and interventions required in the sector. Various initiatives like the development of a Fishery Improvement Plan for the skipjack tuna of Lakshadweep, sea ranching of green tiger shrimp in the Palk Bay and conducting skill development programmes for the identified stakeholders in the marine fisheries sector have been carried out successfully. It is hoped that these initiatives shall lead to even better and bigger things in the days to come.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan