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CMFRI Platinum Jubilee Elocution Competition

CMFRI Platinum Jubilee Elocution Competition

As a part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), an Elocution Competition will be conducted at CMFRI on 30 January 2018 at CMFRI, Kochi on the topic “Societal Relevance of Fisheries Research in India”. The competition is open for High School and Higher Secondary School students of Ernakulam District (Classes IX –XI). There will be two prizes for the best speaker category, one each for boys and girls respectively.

The prizes are being sponsored by Prof.(Dr.) Mohan Joseph Modayil, Former Member, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi & Former Director, CMFRI. Interested candidates/schools should send in their names along with a certificate from the respective schools to cmfrielocution@gmail.com on or before January 29. For more details, visit the CMFRI website www.cmfri.org.in or call  9544940766, 9446415736, 9446129341.

 

Rules:

Medium of Elocution contest would be English.

Evaluation will be based on the coverage of the subject matter, language command, capacity to engage the audience etc.

Each contestant will be given 7 minutes time – a warning bell will ring at the end of the 5 th minute, signalling the contestant to conclude the discussion in another two minutes.

A three-member panel of judges will evaluate the performance of the contestants. Decision of the judges will be final.

Prizes will be awarded to the best speaker among boys and girls. Prize money is Rs. 5000 each. A team from each school can comprise of a boy and a girl since we talk of gender equality.

Modifications

The aforesaid scheme can be modified, altered or abandoned at any time.

All decisions about the scheme shall be at the sole description of Committee and binding on all.

Nobody shall have any right or claim whatsoever against the Committee or the Institute.

DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals


DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals


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‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code: Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India available for comments

Dear,

It gives me great pleasure to share with you a draft copy of the book ‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code:  Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India’ jointly produced by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT) and the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI).  Scientists of CMFRI and CIFT have come together to provide guidance on how the FAO’s 1995 Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) can be operationalized in India. 

I request you to kindly read the book and provide your valuable comments on the concepts and implementation plan provided in the book.  In order to make your job easier, we are providing a brief questionnaire which you could answer in a simple yes/no format.  If, however, you feel strongly about some points you could also write in comments in detail or directly email me the comments.  We are also providing a return-addressed stamped envelope through which you could return the comments.  We would very much appreciate receiving your comments within 3 weeks of receipt of this book.

I hope that you would be able to comply with our request in spite of your busy schedule in the interest of sustainability of marine fisheries of the country.  Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest.

 Best wishes,

Yours faithfully,

(A. Gopalakrishnan)

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Second International Symposium on Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery will be held on January 15-17 2018

Second International Symposium on Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI-2) will be held on January 15-17, 2018 at Kochi, Kerala, India, under the auspices of ICAR – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi. The Symposium will be devoted to Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Analysis and Fisheries, and is open to contributions on various applications of Remote Sensing for freshwater, estuarine and marine fisheries, and related topics such as the ecology of commercial fishes, ecosystem analysis and ecosystem- based management. Each session will have keynote presentations as well as plenary lectures by distinguished experts from all over the world in addition to presentation of research papers by participants of SAFARI 2. Abstract submission and early bird registration will close on 30th September 2017. More details of the symposium are available at http://www.safari2.org.in

ICAR Sponsored Winter School at ICAR-CMFRI Kochi on "Recent Advances in Bioactive Compounds" from 23-01-2018 to 12-02-2018

ICAR Sponsored Winter School at ICAR-CMFRI Kochi on "Recent Advances in Bioactive Compounds" from 23-01-2018 to 12-02-2018

The Marine Biotechnology Division of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi is organizing a Winter School on “Recent advances in bioactive compounds from marine organisms and development of high-value products for health management at CMFRI, Kochi during 23rd January to 12th February 2018 for Scientists/officials from ICAR institutes/ Universities. The objective of the Winter School is to provide up-to-date information and acquaint the participants with the latest technologies on isolation and characterization of marine natural products of pharmaceutical importance from marine organisms, general and advanced methods of isolation procedures by chromatography, classification of organic compounds and their characterization by advanced spectroscopic experiments. This program further aims giving exposure to the chemical perspectives of marine organisms, primary and secondary bioactive metabolites from fish and marine organisms to develop bioactive compounds and high-value functional food products. Theory & practical classes will be conducted in these areas to provide the participants a hands-on experience. These can serve to plan research on marine bioprospecting in the respective laboratories and institutes of the participants so that they can formulate the strategies for research. The total intake of the course is 25th participants including ICAR Institute/SAU’s/KVKs/Central Universities. The nomination of the sponsored candidates may be forwarded to the undersigned, so as to reach the Course Director of the training programme latest by 30.11.2017 at the address given below. For further information please visit cbp.icar.gov.in and www.cmfri.org.in or email at chakrabortycmfri@gmail.com

Dr. Kajal Chakraborty
Senior Scientist (Organic Chemistry)
Marine Biotechnology Division; ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Post  Box No. 1603, Ernakulam North P.O., Kochi-682 018.

Phone: (Off): 0484-2394867; 09446418432; Fax : 0091-0484-2394909
E-mail : chakrabortycmfri@gmail.com

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Important dates

Last date for receipt of nominations: 30th November, 2017

Information to the candidate about selection: 5th December, 2017

Last date of confirmation by the candidates: 10th December, 2017

CMFRI develops breeding technology of Indian pompano

CMFRI develops breeding technology of Indian pompano

The mariculture in India is set to get a major boost with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) successfully developing the seed production technology of Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee), which has high commercial value both in domestic and international markets.

This is the fifth of its kind achievement made by the CMFRI after the institute developed seed production technology of cobia, silver pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor. Indian pompano (locally known as Avoli Vatta) is the most suitable species for cage culture considering its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, good meat quality and high consumer preference.

Breeding and seed production technology of the species was developed at the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI after two years of research. The technology was developed with the help of Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), a new facility in fish farming.

Indian pompano belongs to the Carangidae family, which is distributed in the Indo West Pacific region and is reported to be present in 15 different countries of the Asian continent. In India, the fish is reported from both the west and the east coasts. It is a marine fish with sporadic occurrences in bays and lagoons and the adult fishes prefer shallow coastal waters with rocky areas.

According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, this is the first report of successful mass scale seed production of Indian pompano in the world. “The achievement is a major breakthrough in Indian mariculture business which will help the farming community to use the hatchery produced seeds of Indian pompano for cage farming”, he said adding that mariculture activities would be diversified with CMFRI developing seed production technology of one more high value marine fish.

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Mariculture to increase marine fish production

“At a time when present capture fishery is facing a stagnation in the country, the CMFRI is more focussing on increasing marine fish production through mariculture. By 2050, India should produce at least 10.5 million tons of marine fish to meet the growing seafood demand. India’s marine fish catch is only 3.63 million tons in 2016”, Dr Gopalakrishnan said adding that CMFRI’s efforts on developing seed production technology high value marine fish was part of this objective.

Application for enlistment or registration of vendors in CMFRI for supply of goods and services

Application for enlistment or registration of vendors in CMFRI for supply of goods and services

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RAS facility of ICAR-CMFRI dedicated to the Nation by DG, ICAR

ICAR-CMFRI’s RAS facility dedicated to nation by DG ICAR

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited Vizhinjam and Visakhapatnam Regional Research Centres of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 28th October and 7th November 2017 respectively.

The indigenous Re-Circulatory Aquaculture System (RAS) developed by the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI was dedicated to the nation by the DG, ICAR during his visit to Visakhapatnam Regional Centre on 7th November 2017 in presence of Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Scientist-in-charge, Visakhapatnam Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. Established for broodstock maturation and spawning of marine finfish, the RAS facility will help overcome the challenges in maintaining live broodstock in sea which involves high costs, bio-security problems and possible impacts on marine ecosystem. This system minimizes consumption and wastage of water.

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra observed the functioning of the RAS where broodstock of orange spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) and Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) are being maintained currently. He visited the newly developed Artemia culture unit and the copepod culture unit besides the broodstock facilities at the Centre. Dr Mohapatra also visited the mariculture hatchery of the Centre where he saw larvae of grouper at various stages of development, fingerlings and live feed facility including mass culture of algae and rotifers. The DG released ICAR-CMFRI’s book titled “Prioritized Species for Mariculture in India” and interacted with the scientists and staff members of the Institute along with stakeholders.


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During his visit to the Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 28th October 2017, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra appreciated the achievements made by the Centre and shared his views on research activities with the scientists at the Centre. After visiting the Marine Research Aquarium and other facilities at the Centre, the DG, ICAR urged the scientists to focus more on implementation and widespread dissemination of technologies developed for better adoption among regional, national and global user groups. The Director General requested to have more active collaboration with the State Department functionaries and to maintain regular interaction with the department officials. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI appraised him of the activities being carried out by the Centre. The DG was accompanied by Assistant Director General ICAR (IPTM & PME) and Directors and Scientists from various Institutes of ICAR such as CTCRI, CIFT, CSSRI, CPCRI, IIHR and ATARI.


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NITI Aayog Member Prof. Ramesh Chand Visits ICAR-CMFRI

NITI Aayog Member Prof. Ramesh Chand Visits ICAR-CMFRI 

Prof. Ramesh Chand, a full-time member of the NITI Aayog and noted agriculture economist visited the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kochi on 17th November 2017.  During an interaction with scientists of the ICAR-CMFRI, he suggested taking proactive measures to sustainably enhance marine fisheries harvests through scientific interventions. Marine fisheries exports sector should give due importance to develop internationally acclaimed brands through high quality value addition, certification and promotional activities so that India could fully exploit the potentials of niche markets in developed countries, he said. 

Urging ICAR-CMFRI scientists to focus more on different ways to increase the fish productivity, Prof. Ramesh Chand opined that higher production and technology integration is required to boost domestic and overseas trade of fish and other value added products.
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Referring to the fluctuation in fish price, Prof. Chand said that implementing Minimum Support Price (MSP) for fish does not seem to be a practical step due to variety of practical problems.  Instead, implementation of some types of price support through Price Stabilization Fund and formation of Fish Producers Organizations will offer solutions in this regard, he added. 

He also said that NITI Aayog is concerned over the present growth rate of employment in rural industries. “Creating employment is one of the biggest challenges the country is facing today. Growth rate of employment in rural industries is very poor. During 2005 to 2012 it was meagre 0.65% per year. The planning and vision in the area of agriculture and allied sectors should be re-designed so as to generate more job opportunities in rural areas”, he said, urging the scientists to concentrate on value addition in the sector that offer employment opportunities.

Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI apprised him of the various activities being carried out by the Institute. He also expressed his willingness to further deepen the mutual engagements between the CMFRI and NITI Aayog, so that several unfinished tasks could be addressed in a co-ordinated and best possible manner in future. 

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Second International SAFARI Symposium offers financial aid to young researchers

Second International SAFARI Symposium offers financial aid to young researchers

The Second International Symposium on Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI) to be hosted by Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kochi from January 15 to 17 has offered financial support to young researchers to present papers in the symposium.

The registration fee of selected students and young researchers will be waived besides providing a travel grant for the best research papers. The Norway-based Nansen Scientific Society is offering the financial support in this regard to promote young researchers in fisheries and ocean studies. Those interested may send their abstracts and bio-data to safari2.secretariat@gmail.com on or before November 30. In addition to this, special awards will be given to the best research papers and posters during the symposium.

Eminent scientists working on global ocean satellite data, technocrats, oceanographers and marine experts from across the world will converge at the symposium to prepare a roadmap to utilise the satellite data for the development of the marine fisheries in Indian context. The symposium titled ‘Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Analysis and Fisheries’ will find ways and means to apply the remote sensing techniques in the areas such as aquaculture; harvest fisheries; fisheries management; fishery environment and ecology; fresh water, estuarine and marine fisheries; and socio-economics and ICT.

CMFRI is collaborating with ISRO, CSIR, ICAR, Nansen Environmental Research Centre and relevant Universities to organise the international event. Apart from India, representatives from the UK, Norway, Egypt, Ghana, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Vietnam have already registered to attend the symposium.

Hands-on training on using satellite data

Applications are also invited from the registered participants to attend a two-day hands-on training programme on using satellite data prior to the symposium which will be held on January 12 and 13 at CMFRI. Training will be given on latest softwares of European Space Agency to analyse satellite data. Experts from abroad will lead the training programme. The training is open to 20 participants from India and 10 from abroad. Interested aspirants who have registered for the SAFARI symposium need to apply separately for training on or before December 20. More details will be available at www.safari2.org.in

  

MSc Project /Dissertation work Notification 2017

Eligibility: Student must be pursuing postgraduate courses from a recognized University/ Institute /college in the relevant area. To be eligible, applicants should have maintained consistently good academic record (70% and above for general category; 65% and above for OBC/MBC/DNC/BC; 60% and above for SC/ST candidates) in all their papers. Only Indian nationals studying in Indian universities are eligible. Mere fulfilling of eligibility criteria is no guarantee for selection.

Duration of study and attendance: Students admitted will be required to work fulltime at CMFRI for a minimum period of (a) 60 working days for MSc. Full Attendance is mandatory for issuing project completion certificate.

Selection: Intake of students under this program will be made four times a year (Jan/April/July/October). Students can apply through the link available in the CMFRI website (www.cmfri.org.in). Selected candidates will be duly informed through their institutions six week before the start of the programme. Upon intimation, candidates must submit a declaration of acceptance duly endorsed by the head of their institution.

Students must choose their field study for dissertation programme. Each student can give only 2 preferences.

Criteria for selection include academic accomplishments primarily and availability of slots with scientists for accommodating additional candidates. Students will be governed by the rules of CMFRI prevailing at that point of time. Any action in case of indiscipline/untoward incident in the campus will be as per decisions by CMFRI administration.

Fee: The fee structures are as follows:
1. Project work for a period of three months (not less than 60 working days). Applicable to students of MSc: Rs 20,000.
2. Project work for a period of six months (not less than 125 working days). Rs 30,000

Candidates should pay the prescribed fee at the time of joining. The fee in the form of a demand draft drawn in favour of “Director, CMFRI” payable at Ernakulam in any nationalized bank.

Students applying from Institutions having Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMFRI shall be dealt with according to the conditions in the MoU

Accommodation: No hostel accommodation will be provided by CMFRI. Selected candidates may make their own arrangements for food and accommodation. However, during working days students may make use of CMFRI departmental canteen for lunch/tea/snacks on payment basis.

How to apply: Students can apply online by filling the online application form. Recommendation letter from the college and a brief biodata containing educational details and other achievements should also be attached along with application form

The decisions about the selection will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

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Colouring competition on the conservation of Marine life conducted for the School children

Colouring competition on the conservation of Marine life conducted for the School children of Kendriya Vidyalaya, CMFRI-Mandapam

The Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI has organized colouring/drawing competition on the theme of “Conservation of Marine life”, for the children of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mandapam in order to create awareness on marine life and the conservation measures needed at the grass root level.  A total of 236 students from grade 6 to 12 have participated in the event and the best coloured/drawing posters were awarded with prize in a ceremony organized for this purpose on 30th November 2017. Mrs.S. Sumathi, Principal of the Kendriya Vidyalaya presided over the function.    Dr. A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge distributed the prizes to the School children and addressed the students on the importance of conservation marine natural resources.  Vidyalaya Management Committee members   Dr. R.Jayakumar, and Dr. B.Johnson took part in the event. This Commemorative programme on 70 years of CMFRI was organized by Dr. R.Saravanan, Scientist, Marine Biodiversity Division in association with the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mandapam. Dr-A-K-Abdul-Nazar-distributing-prizes.jpg
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ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates Agriculture Education Day

ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates Agriculture Education Day

The Agriculture Education Day was celebrated at various Regional and Research Centres of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi in a befitting manner inculcating scientific temperament in the minds of students.  

As many as 120 students and a group of 17 teachers participated in the Agriculture Education day held at the Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 3rdDecember 2017. The programme helped the students to know more about the sea, the marine organisms such as ornamental fish, sea anemones, sea urchins, sponges and corals. The students were then exposed to sea turtles and lobsters in tanks and they were also marveled to see the specimens mounted and preserved as the exhibits such as sun fish.




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During a function held at the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 4th December 2017 to mark the Agriculture Education Day, lectures on various topics were delivered by Dr. S.S. Raju, Principal Scientist, Mr. Loveson Edward, Scientist and Mr. Pralaya Ranjan Behera, Scientist at the Centre. Around 46 students along with teachers participated in the programme enthusiastically and interacted positively. An essay competition was held for students on the topic “Role of Agriculture in Poverty Alleviation in India.” A video film on ‘Marine Debris’ was also screened with an aim to create awareness among the students on Swaach Bharat. The participating officials along with staff and students of the college took the Swachata Pledge Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Scientist In-charge of the Centre briefed the students about the different activities being carried out by the ICAR-CMFRI.  



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The Tuticorin Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI organised a student-scientist interactive meet on 5th December 2017 to mark the Agriculture Education Day. The meet highlighted the importance of agriculture education in the present situation. In total, 51 students from 10 schools participated in the programme during which they interacted with the scientists regarding the existing options for agriculture education especially in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. Dr P Jawahar, Professor, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tuticorin and the scientists from ICAR-CMFRI replied to their queries. The school students were judged based on the extent of understanding the purpose of the meet, ability and confidence in interacting with scientists. The students also visited all the laboratories at the Centre and the scientific experts from respective laboratories explained to them various ongoing research programmes in their respective fields.


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The Mumbai Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI joined hands with the ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (ICAR-CIRCOT) to celebrate the Agriculture Education Day on 3rd December 2017. The experts who spoke on the occasion stressed the need for improving agricultural education with respect to skills, integration, collaboration and cooperation among various institutes. Among the stake-holders present included researchers, farmers, developers and users of the technology and representatives from various ICAR Institutes and State Agriculture Universities. Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Dr. Tapas Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor of Dr. B.S. Konkan Agriculture University, Dapoli, Dr. Gopal Krishna, Director & Vice Chancellor of ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Education (ICAR-CIFE), Dr. S.S. Magar, Ex-Vice Chancellor of Dr. B.S. Konkan Agriculture University (DBSKKV), Dapoli, Mumbai and Dr. Veerendra Veer Singh, SIC, ICAR-CMFRI, Mumbai Research Centre were present. 


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Training Programme on Fish Ageing using Hard Parts for Stock Assessment


Training Programme on

Fish Ageing using Hard Parts for Stock Assessment 

14 - 23 February 2018

ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi

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Training on Histological Techniques at CMFRI, Kochi during 08-12 Jan 2018

Training on

Histological Techniques

CMFRI, Kochi

08-12 Jan 2018

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Tuticorin Research Centre holds meet on fishers perception of vulnerability to climate change

 Tuticorin Research Centre holds meet on fisher’s perception of vulnerability to climate change

In order to understand the impact of climate change on the coastal environment, marine fisheries and socio economic life of fisher folks in Thoothukudi District in Tamil Nadu from their own perception and observation, the Tuticorin Research Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a fishermen meet on 13th December 2017.

The meet titlted ‘Fishers perception of vulnerability to climate change and its adaptation strategies for the coastal villages of Thoothukudi was organised under the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project.  A total of  52 fishermen from 15 villages participated in the meet. The fishermen actively participated in the vulnerability resource mapping that are meant to indicate the status of different resources such as mangroves, seagrass, coral reefs, fish farming etc., natural calamities, environmental changes, anthropogenic activities and industrial development occurred over the years to the present time in the respective villages.  They filled the questionnaires on the impacts of climate change on fisheries, natural resources, social life and economic status. There was a village level presentation by representatives from different coastal villages on the visible changes occurred in their respective villages owing to climate change and its effect on fisheries, sea level raise, sea surface temperature, sea indundation and livelihood.

Thirumathi Bala Saraswathi, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Thoothukudi District inaugurated the programme. She said that the technical support extended by the TRC of ICAR-CMFRI for the cage culture, Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), cage construction, erection and sea cage farming of sea bass, cobia lobsters etc.,  under FIMSUL projects of State Fisheries Department, Tamil Nadu really helped the fishermen to get alternate income.

Dr PU Zacharia, Principal Scientist & Head, Demersal Fisheries Division & Principal Investigator–NICRA, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi delivered special address on research works carired out by ICAR-CMFRI under NICRA on climate change and marine fisheries. Dr. P. Kaladharan, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, explained to the fishermen the importance of seaweeds under IMTA for the pollution free sustainable marine fish culture in cages.

A handbook, specially prepared for the fishermen,  on Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture in Tamil was released on the occasion.

Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge of the TRC of ICAR- CMFRI, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith, D. Linga Prabu, Smt. M. Kavitha, Shri. K. Diwakar and Shri. K. Karupasamy spoke on the occasion.

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Marine life drawing competition Prizes distributed to the students of Panchayat Union Middle School Dhanushkodi

Marine life drawing competition Prizes distributed to the students of Panchayat Union Middle School Dhanushkodi

 

Dhanushkodi, a 1964 cyclone hit coastal town at the end of Pampan island has been abandoned soon after the cyclone. However the road links up to Arichalmunai nowadays lessen the hardship of the fishermen to some extent; who live in temporary huts at Dhanushkodi with their family and doing fishing. The Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI has conducted a marine life drawing competition for the School children of Dhanushkodi Middle School, which is run upto 8th standard for the benefit of the fishermen’s children by the state government. Certificates and trophies were distributed during a special function organized for this purpose on 19th  December 2017. Mrs. S. Murugeshwari, the headmistress of the School welcomed the gathering. Dr. A.K.Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge, Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI, presided over the function and distributed certificates and prizes to the 71 students, and delivered the presidential address on valuing the diversity around us particularly on marine life. Scientists Dr. R.Jayakumar, Dr.G.Tamilmani and Dr. B.Johnson from Mandapam Regional Centre also took part in the event. This event was organized as a part of a series awareness campaign on conservation and management of marine resources for the school children by Dr.R. Saravanan.

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SAFARI Symposium to host dialogue on weather warning system

In the wake of the Cyclone Ockhi, a special to discuss the ways and means to improve the weather warning system for fishermen in Kerala will be held at the international symposium on Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI), to be organised by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kochi from January 15 to 17.

Fishermen, experts from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), scientists from the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service (INCOIS), Hyderabad and officials from the Department of Fisheries will converge at the meet to analyse the efficacy of the system and to propose the required amendments for improving the facility.

The meet is generally aimed at strengthening the dissemination mechanism of cyclone forecasts into the fishermen, besides creating awareness among them about the existing facilities in this regard, including online and mobile app services.

The session will set a platform where the scientific and fishermen communities could share their views and suggestions for boosting the communication mechanism to reduce the calamities following the natural disasters like Ockhi. It will help gather inputs from different stakeholders to make the system more effective.

The session will also deal with the issues related to the conflicts between fishermen and other navigators in the sea. The meet will look into resolve the issue of unceasing conflicts being occurred in the sea over the sea routes and protected areas in the waters. Towards this, discussion will be held on marine spatial planning conducted by the CMFRI to locate the fishing areas, navigational channels and protected areas distinctively in the open sea waters.   

Fisheries Minister J Mercykkuttyamma will inaugurate the special session at the SAFARI symposium which will be held at the CMFRI. A three-day training programme prior to the symposium will be held from January 12 to 14 at the Institute.

Open Sea Cage Culture and Mariculture Training under Skill Development Programme of NFDB at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Open Sea Cage Culture and Mariculture Training under the Skill Development Programme of NFDB at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

The training programme on ‘Open Sea Cage Culture and Mariculture’ under the Skill Development Programme of NFDB was successfully organized at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI for fishermen in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu during 3rd–5th January 2018. The training was inaugurated by Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge on 3rd January 2018 and he delivered the inaugural address. Shri.K.T.Gopinath, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Mandapam, Shri.M.Sivakumar, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram (South), Shri.Abdul Khader Jailani, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram (North), delivered the felicitation address. Dr. R.Jayakumar, Senior Scientist delivered the welcome address. Dr. G.Tamilmani, Scientist proposed vote of thanks. A total of 50 fishermen from 13 villages representing North & South Region of Ramanathapuram district participated the training. Hands on training was imparted on cage & net fabrication, feed management, growth assessment, net exchange, nursery management, packing & transportation, stocking of fingerlings in cages & disease management. Field visit to Mandapam, Munaikadu & Thangachimadam farming sites was also arranged. Fishermen interacted with the successful cage farmers and learnt their first hand experiences. The valedictory function was conducted on 5th January 2018.  Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge delivered the valedictory address and distributed the certificate to participants. Dr.M.Sakthivel & Dr.Johnson,B., Scientist coordinated the training programme.


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Second International SAFARI Symposium Gets Underway at CMFRI

Second International SAFARI Symposium Gets Underway at CMFRI

The second international symposium of the of the Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI) has got underway at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 15th January 2018. Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) inaugurated the three-day event. During his inaugural address, Dr Mohapatra urged the scientists to reach out to the community.

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Remote sensing techniques could effectively be used to develop proper technologies to maintain accuracy in a slew of activities such as weather warning, real-time advisories on nature of the sea, forecasting various ocean phenomena, etc., he said.  

“Scientists should be ready to improve the algorithms and models being used for the forecasting purposes in frequent intervals. Besides developing proper technologies, they have to update them constantly”, Dr Mohapatra said.

Referring to the significance of the remote sensing techniques in the fisheries, the ICAR Chief said ecological sustainability could be achieved by tapping the fortunes of the satellite remote sensing technology.


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“We are in a process of increasing the fish production, both capture and culture, to usher in the Blue Revolution utilising our vast resources. At the same time, we should be prepared to maintain the sustainability in the sector, and so responsible fishing should be encouraged. For this, the satellite remote sensing techniques will be great advantage to understand the ecosystem in deeper level that will help implement proper guidelines for ensuring sustainability in fisheries”, he said adding that the resources should be exploited only judiciously and sustainably.  

The SAFARI is a global research project of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and is now embedded in GEO’s “Ocean and Society: Blue Planet” initiative.

The three-day symposium titled ‘Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Analysis and Fisheries’ is part of CMFRI’s move to tap the fortunes of India’s satellite technology in favour of the marine fisheries sector. The meet will come up with a road map for utilising satellite data for scores of objectives in the marine sector of the country.

Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries) of the ICAR presided. Dr B Meenakumari, Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority Lasse H Pettersson from the Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Centre, Norway, Dr Rodney M Forster from the University of Hull, the United Kingdom and Prof. N R Menon, Chairman of the Nansen Environmental Research Centre-India, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI and T V Satyanandan, Head, Fishery Resources Assessment Division, CMFRI spoke on the inaugural function.

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The Agri-Aqua-Food fest and exhibition

An Agri-Aqua-Food fest and exhibition is open to the public on the side lines of the three-day symposium. Farmed live fishes, pokkali rice, frozen shrimp, canned tuna, tuna oil, oyster products, organic vegetables, spices, canned tuna, tuna oil, neera, coconut chips, among others are available at various stalls of the fest. Spices Board, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Vegetables and Fruit Promotion Council, Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen under the Fisheries Department, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training, Coconut Development Board, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute and various self-help groups have set up stalls to sell their products. In addition, an exhibition showcasing the latest technologies of around 20 research organisations, including ISRO and INCOIS are on display at the venue.


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