The CMFRI Marine Fisheries Policy Series No. 18/2020, entitled Streamlining the Supply Chain of Marine Fish in Kerala: COVID-19 and Beyond was released by Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon. Minister of Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry, Government of Kerala on 4/08/2020 at Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI joined the release function through a web-platform. Sri. M.G. Rajamanickam IAS, Director, Fisheries, Government of Kerala, Mr. K.M. Alias, Asst. Private Secterary, Ministry of Fisheries, Government of Kerala and Scientists from ICAR-CMFRI and ICAR-CIFT, Dr. C. Ramachandran, Dr. J. Jayasankar, Dr. A. Suresh and Dr. P. Shinoj were present on the occasion.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.
This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.