Indian Council of Agricultural Research


ICAR-CMFRI organises first National Symposium on Indian Oil sardine

ICAR-CMFRI organises first national symposium on Indian oil sardine

Experts call for collaborative research to develop regular forecasting model on availability of oil sardine

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi organised the first national symposium on Enigmatic Indian Oil Sardine on 6th August 2019 to analyse the reasons behind the fluctuation of oil sardine in the southern Arabian sea. A panel of experts working in the area of climate change, oceanography, fishery biology, fish genetics, fishing technology and socio-economics actively participated in discussions aimed at identifying the factors affecting the Indian oil sardine along the south-west coasts and finding ways and means to address the issues.

The experts suggested developing a forecasting model for long-term prediction on the abundance of Indian oil sardine on regular basis. To develop such model, they also called for a collaborative research initiative partnering different institutions.  The panel held the view that a temporary regulation may be recommended during the period of stressful environmental conditions that affect the abundance of oil sardine.  The fishing pressure during this period would lead to further collapse of the sardine resource, they said.

According to them, the availability of sardine has recorded a drastic drop since the last year, and the situation has not improved yet. The panel meet also proposed that the Minimum Legal Size (MLS) may be raised to 15 cm from the existing 10 cm in Kerala during the periods of stress such as El Nino years. A model for regular forecasting on the fluctuations of oil sardine need to be developed. The fluctuations of sardine are mainly influenced by unfavourable conditions after due to El Nino, stunted growth, spawning disruption, migration from normal fishing grounds and continued high fishing pressure. However, a collaborative research initiative is required to study the environmental impacts and climate change on pelagic fishery resources, the researchers said. 

Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said the advisory given by the Institute earlier regarding the decline of sardine depending on El Nino intensification was remarkable step in analysing the reasons behind the fluctuation of sardine. ICAR-CMFRI would release a draft sequence of genome of sardine by the end of this year. Even though the CMFRI has found that three types of sardines including Oman sardine have the same genetic structure, separate management strategies are required for these sardines, he said.

Besides the scientists from CMFRI, researchers from National Institute of Oceanography, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Space Applications Centre of ISRO, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology presented their findings during the discussion.

Dr E Vivekandan, Dr Prathibha Rohit, Dr EM Abdussamad, Dr P K Dineshkumar, Dr Nimith Kumar, Dr Leela Edwin, Dr Mini Raman and Dr Faseela S P among others spoke during the discussions. The Pelagic Fisheries Division of the CMFRI organised the event.


ICAR-CMFRI Observes International Yoga Day 2019

ICAR-CMFRI Observes International Yoga Day

Headquarters, Kochi

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) observed the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019 by organising an awareness workshop and demonstration of yoga asanas at its Headquarters in Kochi and various Regional Research Centres. Shri. Balakrishnan Menon, an eminent yoga trainer and advanced meditation course instructor of the Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore, was the chief guest of the workshop at the Headquarters of the Institute in Kochi.

He said that yoga is union of body, breath and mind which is highly helpful to improve physical and mental health. He also pointed out that the yoga practices have got a wide exposure and increased popularity with the Government of India and the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi actively supporting the initiatives ensuring a massive participation for the programme at the government institutes during special occasions like the International Yoga Day. The misunderstandings about the yoga existed in the past have been completely cleared with continuous awareness programmes. Apart from cleansing our body and health, regular practice of the yoga would help oneself to explore and know his/her inner mind, he said.

Inspired by the spirit of the awareness workshop, the Recreation Club of the ICAR-CMFRI which organised programme announced on the occasion the commencement of regular yoga training at the Institute twice in a week. The inauguration of the training was also held at the venue followed by the awareness workshop. Shri Balakrishnan Menon and Smt. Smitha K, Personal Assistant at ICAR-CMFRI led the yoga training session. Dr T V Sathianandan, Director-in-charge and Head of Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the Institute presided over the function. Dr V Kripa, Head of Fishery Environment and Management Division and the President of the Recreation Club coordinated the programme.

Mangalore Research Centre

International yoga day was celebrated at the centre on 21 June 2019. The programme started at 10.00 am. The message by Honourable Prime Minister on the importance of yoga in everyday life given in the booklet on common yoga protocols published by the Ministry of Ayush was read on the ocasion. This was followed by the practice session of all the yogasanas as per the protocol received from Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India. All the scientist, technical staff, research scholars and contractual staff actively participated in the yoga session.

Puri Field Centre 

Tuticorin Research Centre

In compliance with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address and the instruction received from ICAR the International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June, 2019 in Committee Hall, Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI at 10.30 AM.  The Yoga master Shri. Stalin Rathnasamy was invited for International Yoga day celebration. The programme was started with ICAR invocation song. Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Scientist in-Charge and Principal Scientist of the Centre delivered the welcome address followed by Dr. P.S. Asha, Principal Scientist addressed the gathering about the needs of practicing Yoga. Stalin Rathnasamy delivered a special talk on the importance and benefits of Yoga in human life. He also added that yoga provides mental/physical strength to people and enhance well-being of human life through regular practice. Along with yoga healthy food habits improve the health and relief from bodily illness in human beings. After that he demonstrated different Asanas and Pranayama. All the staff members followed his instructions and did yoga exercise with complete involvement. The International Yoga Day celebration came to an end with a vote of thanks by Mr. Jerald Raja, Secretary, Recreation Club, TRC of CMFRI.

Mandapam Regional Centre

Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI celebrated the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019. A lecture followed by demonstration of yoga was conducted. Yoga expert Ms. Ms. Anitha, a yoga trainer at the Art of Living Foundation, and their volunteers demonstrated the yoga. She explained the importance of yoga in human life. Dr.G.Tamilmani, Senior Scientist briefed about the significance and relevance of the International Yoga Day. Nearly 100 staff of Mandapam Regional Centre attended the programme.

Madras Research Centre

The International Yoga Day was observed in Madras Research Centre of CMFRI, on 22nd June 2019. Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge welcomed the chief guest and all the staff members. Three Karyakartas Shri. Karthikeyan Selvarajan, Dr. Smt. Indu Barkavi, MDS and Smt. G. Bhavani from Vivekananda Kendra, Chennai gave the presentation and demonstration of Yoga. The three Karyakartas gave a lecture on different aspect of practicing Yoga, life style disorders and the benefits of practicing Yoga daily and consistently. They interacted with the staff members of MRC and clarified their doubts. This was followed by demonstration of few asanas for the staff. After the demonstration they explained the need to continue Yoga consistently for achieving the benefits. Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge honoured the Chief guest with mementos. The function concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. R.  Narayanakumar, Principal Scientist.