Training programme on “Live feed production for finfish and shellfish”
This training programme is conducted under the financial assistance of National Fisheries Development
Board (NFDB), Hyderabad during the financial year 2018-19. The main aim of this programme is to develop a trained manpower in the industry for carrying forward this technology, which is vital for the success of any finfish / shellfish hatchery.
ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates National Fish Farmer’s Day
On the occasion, the Karwar Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI conducted harvest mela of cage farming of seabass to mark the National Fish Farmer’s Day. The mela was conducted at Nagnathwada, a small fishermen village at Karwar, Uttara Kannada. Around 200 kg of seabass were harvested from the cage on the day after a farming period of four months. The fishermen group in the region had been trained to conduct cage farming of seabass by the CMFRI Centre. The fishermen involved in the cage farming were felicitated during the function.
Fisher groups under ICAR-CMFRI win
best cage farming awards
The solid steps taken by the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to popularize open sea cage fish farming across the coastal region have paid off with the three farmers groups operating under the guidance of ICAR-CMFRI in Tamil Nadu bagging the first three places in the awards declared by the State Fisheries Department for the best open sea cage farming.
The Association of Kovalam Progressive Fishermen (AKPF), a group of vibrant young farmers in Kancheepuram district supported by the Research Centre of ICAR- CMFRI in Chennai, won the best cage fish farming group award, while the second and third places were secured by Ebi and Hesther group and the group led by Daniel Susairaj in Ramanathapuram district respectively both of whom were supported by the Regional Research Centre of CMFRI in Mandapam.
The efforts of Chennai Centre of ICAR- CMFRI to woo youngsters into cage fish farming at a time when the youth was showing reluctance to fishing or fish farming have yielded a good result with the Kovalam youth group scripting a success story in open sea cage fish farming in the State. The AKPF was formed in 2011 and became a fully functional registered fisher youth Association within two years of its formation. The CMFRI centre extended proper guidance, training and technical support to the group to engage in cage fish farming and reap profits. Later on, with support from the State Fisheries Department under the FIMSUL II programme, they were able to boost their activities. This youth group has become a model for several villages in the districts of Thiruvallur, Chennai and Kancheepuram and has paved the way for more such groups.
Mandapam centre of CMFRI was also keen on encouraging fishermen groups to adopt the cage culture technology developed by the CMFRI to increase the marine fish production as well as improving the living standards of fishermen community. Minister for Fisheries D Jayakumar presented the awards to the groups on the occasion of the farmer’s day on Tuesday.
ICAR- CMFRI pioneered the cage fish farming in the country with the involvement of the fishermen community for domestic and export-oriented open sea fish farming. , said Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI. “Open sea cage farming is a promising venture, which offers the fishers a chance for optimally utilizing the existing water resources. It is a low impact farming practice with high economic returns. The open sea cage farming is highly prospective in the sea waters of Tamil Nadu”, he added.
ICAR DDG Dr J K Jena Visits Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Tamil Nadu on 2nd July 2018. He visited various facilities at the Mandapam Centre viz, marine hatchery complex, national marine fish brood bank unit, RAS, sea cage farm, museum and aquarium. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI along with Dr A. K. Abdul Nazar, Scientist in charge of the Centre, welcomed the DDG to the Centre.
During an interaction with the scientists and staff, he appreciated the efforts of Mandapam Centre of CMFRI for the development of mariculture and marine fisheries. Stressing the need for maintaining an unrelenting spirit to carry out quality research, Dr. Jena urged the scientists to engage in more focused studies which are highly beneficial to the development of marine fisheries and mariculture in the country. In a bid to accelerate the task of exploring highly prospective marine wealth, due emphasis should be given for marine ornamental fish breeding and seed production in addition to Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) integrating seaweeds along with marine cages, he said.
Dr. Jena also felt the need for publishing more research papers so as to increase the visibility of the research works at the Centre into a wider spectrum. He also suggested that details of clown fish designer varieties developed by the Mandapam Centre should be published at the earliest. Congratulating all the scientists and staff for a slew of developmental activities at the Centre, the DDG wished them keeping up the temperament to take the Centre to further heights.
During the function, Dr. Jena released an awareness poster on marine pollution and a pamphlet on jelly fishes of Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay, prepared by Dr. R. Saravanan, Scientist of the Centre.
Centre organises skill development programme on open sea
Tuticorin Research Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) conducted a three-day training programme on open sea cage culture and mariculture during 27th to 29th June 2018. The training, which was the second phase training under the skill development programme funded by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), was attended by 50 selected fishers from Thoothukudi district.
Smt. Bala Saraswathi, Assistant Director, State Fisheries Department, Thoothukudi District inaugurated the programme. She appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CMFRI and NFDB for promoting open sea cage culture and mariculture activities in the district.
Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, Tuticorin Research Centre, ICAR-CMFRI, welcomed the gathering and Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, briefed about the training programme. Training materials and training notes (in Tamil) were released by Smt. Bala Saraswathi. The Officials from State Fisheries Department, staff of ICAR - CMFRI, and sea cage farmers attended the programme.
During the technical session, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Shri. C. Kalidas, Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith, Dr. P.Rameshkumar, Scientist, Mandapam RC of ICAR-CMFRI, Smt. M. Kavitha, Scientist, Shri. D. Linga Prabu, Scientist, Mr. M. Saravanan, Technical manager, RGCA, Sirkazhi, and Mr. K. Vijayapandiyan, District Development Manager, NABARD, delivered lectures on various topics related to mariculture and open sea cage farming.
The programme also included field visit to model sea cage farm in Sippikulam and practical demonstration of site selection for sea cage farming, GI cage fabrication, cage culture of sea bass, lobster, pearl oysters and seaweeds, etc.
The training programme was co-ordinated by C. Kalidas, Dr. L. Ranjith, and D. Linga Prabu. In the valedictory session, Shri. Amal Xavier, Joint Director of Fisheries (Regional), State Fisheries Department, Thoothukudi District gave away the certificates to the participants.
CMFRI wins national recognition with four ICAR Awards
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has won national recognition with the institute bagging four national-level awards instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the year 2017.
Dr Eldho Varghese, Scientist, Dr Kajal Chakraborty, Senior Scientist and Dr Anusree V Nair, Technical Assistant of the CMFRI won the Lal Bahadur Shastri outstanding young scientist award, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award for outstanding research in agricultural sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru award for outstanding doctoral thesis in agricultural and allied sciences respectively. Also, the institute won the Rajarshi Tandon award for the best implementation of official language (Hindi) among the ICAR institutes in non-Hindi speaking regions.
Dr Kajal won the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award in recognition of his research in the area of marine bioprospecting, especially to develop various nutraceutical products from seaweeds for different diseases. Basically an organic chemist, Dr Kajal has developed nutraceuticals for arthritis, diabetes and cholesterol. All his inventions are patented by CMFRI and a few are out-licensed for commercial production. The award includes an amount of Rs 5 lakh along with citation.
An agricultural statistician, Dr Eldho bagged the young scientist award for his research in the area of efficient statistical designs. He has developed cost-efficient designs for product and process optimisation in agricultural and fisheries experiments. He has also developed some web solutions for the generation of such designs. The award includes a challenge project for three years with budgetary provision of Rs. 30 lakhs and a foreign training, in addition to an amount of Rs 1 lakh and citation.
The doctoral research on fish health management measures helped Dr Anusree manage to win the Jawaharlal Nehru award. Her research work was the first study from Indian sub-continent which involved isolation of potential pro-biotic bacteria from marine environments and its application in the form of antagonistic shrimp larval feed that can be applied as substitutes to antibiotics in aquaculture practices. The award includes an amount of Rs. 50,000.
According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, the disciplined and focused attitude towards the research helped the institute to win the prestigious awards. “The achievement is a recognition to CMFRI’s excellence in the research and development of country’s marine fisheries sector”, he said adding that this was the ninth occasion CMFRI receiving the Rajarshi Tandon award for official language implementation. “Apart from scientific research, CMFRI has also performed well in sports. CMFRI won the title of the south zone sports meet of ICAR for the last three consecutive time”, Dr Gopalakrishnan said.
The awards will be presented on July 16 in New Delhi during the foundation day ceremony of the ICAR.
He expressed his willingness to have a coordinated effort to double farmers’ income through integrated approach and added that scientists should work hand in hand with the field level beneficiaries to attain the goal.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh also felt the need for organizing hands-on-training on marine ornamental fish keeping and rearing to the self-help groups from coastal districts of maritime States. In addition, seaweed farming andIntegrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) which are highly prospective shouldbe popularized, he said.
The minister reviewed the progress of research and development activities being carried out by the CMFRI Centre. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director,ICAR-CMFRI explained the achievements and progress made by the institute in promoting mariculture as an alternative livelihood option for the fisher-folk.The meeting was also attended by Dr J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General(Fisheries Science), ICAR; Smt. I. Rani Kumudini, IAS, Chief Executive, NFDB,Hyderabad; Dr. Paul Pandian, Fishery Development Commissioner, DAHDF, NewDelhi; Shri. S. Natarajan, IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram and Dr. G.S.Sameeran, IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
The minister also visited various facilities of the Centre viz., marine finfish hatchery complex,national marine brood bank and sea cage farm. During the visit, he had an interaction with the fishermen self help groups involved in sea cage farmingand distributed seeds of silver pompano and cobia for sea cage farming.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh chaired the inter session meeting of the consultative committee of the Agriculture Ministry on Marine Fisheries and Mariculture in India held at Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu on 2nd July2018.