Adherence to healthy fishing practices, responsiblefisheries management templates and a responsive fisheries governance hold thekey to a vibrant and sustainable marine fisheries sector in India. Stakeholdersacross the spectrum, from fishermen to administrators play a crucial role toenable the country tap its rich marine fisheries sector in a sustainable andeconomically befitting manner. Against this background the southern fisheries'ministers conference was organized recently with official representatives fromseveral maritime states of India. The institute actively supported this ventureand contributed scientific inputs at this forum. Inauguration of the Nationalbroodstock facility for pompano and the scaled up hatchery facilities formussels at the Vizhinjam Research Centre of the institute are expected tofurther boost the linkages between research and mariculture activities. Theinstitute has played a pioneering role in developing mariculture sector in thecountry. This has enabled its active participation in the preparation of thedraft of a National Mariculture Policy, which was presented before stakeholdersfor feedback, in the various maritime states of India. It is expected thatbased on this activity, the eagerly awaited robust policy framework formariculture sector in India would soon be in place. The institute alsoconducted several training programmes and short courses related to marinefisheries. We should strive to make more such meaningful and positive impactson the development of marine fisheries sector with innovative ideas andprogrammes.
With best wishes.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan