The focus of ICAR-CMFRI has been to reach out and effectively extend the results emanating from its various research programmes to the fishermen community and other stakeholders. In this context , the platform provided by the International Symposium on societal applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote sensing Imagery (SAFARI) organised by the institute on the occasion of its Platinum Jubilee year played an effective role. Meaningful discussions and interactions took place with researchers and other stakeholders including fishermen and policy makers to effectively utilise space technology to minimise damage during natural calamities. In a move to further skill the fishermen community in open sea cage farming, the institute has taken up the task of skilling at least five thousand fishermen which will see a rise in their income and boost marine fish production further. The scientists of the institute were also involved in the international training in fisheries and aquaculture through the African Asian Rural Development Programme (AARDO) and Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. The Open House at the institute headquarters and various regional research centres organised as partof the Foundation Day celebrations was held this year also in which students and public showed keen interest. The scientists of the institute are also involved in the task of revalidating the Potential Yield of fishery resources from the Indian EEZ as part of the committee constituted by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' welfare, Govt. of India for this purpose. The institute also mourns the untimely demise of Prof. (Dr.) N. R. Menon, chairman of the institute's Research Advisory Committee.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan