The common national portal and mobile app is for acquisition and integration of wetland data into a common digital repository, helping the stakeholders and the public to obtain time-to-time information on wetlands. Already developed geospatial wetland database of ISRO will further be strengthened by ICAR-CMFRI with field level inputs of physical, chemical and biological parameters of the wetlands. The ICAR-CMFRI with the support of other fisheries research institutions will play the lead role in generating periodic field level wetland datasets such as water quality, sediment quality, biodiversity and species health to help farmers utilise the wetlands for sustainable aquaculture as part of restoring the degraded wetlands in the country.
The collaborative initiative will help develop a comprehensive wetland information system which could facilitate the village level wetland advisories to the local people by scientific communities. The data generated will be stored in the SAC server with access to authorised scientific communities and the ICAR-CMFRI will act as the nodal centre for approving the latest data updates on wetlands submitted by collaborating fisheries institutions and stakeholders.
This is the first national instance that a fisheries institute is collaborating with ISRO to develop a comprehensive climate resilient framework for fisheries and wetlands. Real-time wetland advisories could enhance climatic resilience of small wetlands in the country.
Madras Research Centre Conducts Harvest Mela of Farmed Bivalves
Madras Research Center of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) conducted a harvest mela of farmed bivalves at Kottaikadu, Kancheepuram district on 26th April 2019. Conducted in the presence of Shri. A. Elango, Joint Director of Fisheries, Chennai, Head of the village, other village leaders and the women beneficiaries involved in the bivalve farming, the harvest of mussels and oysters was part of the project Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods II: Component II Bivalve Farming implemented for the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department. The mussels and oysters were stocked during 2018.
The harvested mussels and oysters were handed over to the women beneficiaries involved in the farming. This was followed by a demonstration-cum-training on meat extraction, heat shucking of meat and depuration of bivalves which was then carried out by all the women beneficiaries. About 30 kg of the depurated meat was obtained and the same was sold at the rate of Rs.200/- per kg, and the proceeds were handed over to the women participants. On this occasion, a brochure highlighting the nutritive value of the bivalves, prepared in regional language (Tamil) was released by the Joint Director of Fisheries.
Sea-ranching of green tiger shrimp in the Palk Bay
In continuation of the sea-ranching programme to replenish and enhance the shrimp stock and support the livelihood of the local fishing community, the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) released seeds of green tiger shrimp (P. semisulcatus), locally known as ‘thaalai iral’ in the Palk Bay on 29th March 2019. The seeds were released in the presence of Dr. R. Jayakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, Dr. A. K. Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist, Madras Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, Shri. J. L. Ajith Stalin, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Mandapam, Officials of State Fisheries Department, Scientists and staff of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, leaders of fishermen associations and fishermen. The sea-ranching programme was coordinated by Shri. M. Sankar, and Dr. B. Johnson, Scientists of the centre.
The green tiger shrimp from the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar has been identified for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Fishery Improvement Project for this species is under process for obtaining the certification.
Genetic study on impact of sea-ranching
The Genetic Stock Identification (GSI) is being carried out by the ICAR-CMFRI in green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) population to evaluate the impact of sea-ranching on shrimp landings using polymorphic microsatellite molecular markers. The samples from landings are collected for genetic analysis.
Training on Techniques in Grow-out Farming of Marine Crabs
Tuticorin Research Centre of ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Trust (GOMBRT) of the Forest Department, Thoothukudi jointly organised a training programme on Techniques in Grow-out Farming of Marine Crabs during 02nd – 04th May 2019 at Palayakayal, GOMBRT - EDC coastal village in Thoothukudi and ICAR-TRC of CMFRI, Thoothukudi.
The three days training programme included theory session on topics such as candidate marine crab species for culture and seed production for cultivable marine crabs, grow out culture of crabs and design and fabrication of crab culture cages, and feed formulation & management practice and disease management in cultivable marine crabs, and practical demonstration on site selection for cage farming of marine crabs and feed formulation and preparation.
A training note specially prepared for fishers engaging in marine crab farming activities were released in the inauguration day. Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Scientist in-Charge of the Centre welcomed the gathering. Dr. L. Ranjith, Scientist, Mr. C. Kalidas, Scientist and Mr. D. Linga Prabu, Scientist led the technical sessions. On the day of valedictory, Shri. Raghuvaran Rajesh, Forest Range Officer, Forest Department and Zonal In-charge distributed certificates to the participants. As many as 25 trainees from Palayakayal GOMBRT - EDC coastal village attended the programme.
Sea Ranching of Green Tiger Shrimp
Mandapam Regional Centre is conducting research programmes on hatchery production of green tiger shrimp Penaeus semisulcatus shrimp seeds and sea ranching is carried out regularly to replenish the natural stock to enhance the shrimp productivity. This will be helpful for conservation and maintaining sustainable shrimp stock in the wild and also livelihood of the fishermen in this region. During the last two years 2017-19, a total of 5.0 million numbers P. semisulcatus shrimp seeds of PL 10-35 were released in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay region.
The sea ranching programme was coordinated by Shri. M. Sankar, and Dr. B. Johnson, Scientists of the centre.
Training programme on estimation of marine fish landings at Madras Research Centre
A five-day training programme on ‘application of advanced methods and tools to improve estimation of marine fish landings of Tamil Nadu with increased granularity and precision’ was conducted at Madras Research Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) during 6-10, May 2019. This training programme was a part of the funded project Fisheries Management for sustainable Livelihood (FIMSUL – II, Component – III) Estimation of Marine fish landings in Tamil Nadu with enhanced sampling coverage to officials of Department of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist & SIC, Madras RC of CMFRI, Chennai. Emphasizing the importance of this training programme, she requested all the participants to utilize this opportunity effectively to improve their skill in estimation of marine fish landings. Dr. M. Sivadas, Principal Scientist also reiterated the same aspect and added that the participants should improve their skill in species identification, which is a vital pre-requisite for marine fish landing estimation. Smt. Nithyapriyadarsini, Asst. Director Fisheries (Statistics), advised the participants from Department of Fisheries to learn this process thoroughly for applying in their work.
The training comprised exposition methodology, software, application of Enmeen App, analysis and estimation, hands-on sessions on estimation procedure, tips of various resource identification (Molluscan, Demersal, Pelagic and Crustacean). The sessions were handled by Dr. J. Jayasankar, Principal Scientist, FRAD, Kochi & Nodal Officer of FIMSUL–II, Component – III, Dr. M. Sivadas, Principal Scientist, Dr. P.T. Sarada, Principal Scientist, Dr. Shoba Joe K Kizhakudan, Principal Scientist, Dr. E.M. Chhandaprajnadarsini, Scientist, Shri. D. Pugazhendi, Asst. Chief Technical Officer, Shri. V. Joseph Xavier, Senior Technician, Shri. N. Rudhramurthy, Sr. Tech. Officer.
participants expressed their satisfaction on the training programme and
appreciated the efforts of the faculty who helped them understand the
applications of Enmeen app, estimation methodology and also species
identifications. Dr. J. Jayasankar, Principal Scientist, Nodal Officer said
that this training should be applied and followed continuously and
systematically to get in touch with MRC of CMFRI, Chennai to clear their
doubts.Dr. P. Laxmilatha thanked all the participants, scientists, technical,
administrative and supporting staff of CMFRI for their cooperation in making
this programme a great success.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra releases ICAR-CMFRI’s nutraceutical product to combat hypertension
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the presence of Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR released CadalminTM Antihypertensive extract (CadalminTM AHe), a nutraceutical product developed by ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), as a natural remedy for hypertension on 25th May 2019.