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ICAR-CMFRI signs MoU with ISRO to develop mobile App for real-time monitoring of wetlands

 ICAR-CMFRI signs MoU with ISRO to develop mobile App for real-time monitoring of wetlands

 In a major step towards the conservation of small wetlands across the country, the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 8th April 2019 at SAC Main Campus in Ahmedabad. According to the MoU a mobile app and a centralised portal with a complete database of more than five lakh small wetlands across the country will be developed aimed at real-time monitoring and further conserving the wetlands. The move was part of finding ways to mitigate the impact of climate change on fisheries and wetlands by the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project of ICAR-CMFRI. Recently, CMFRI developed a national framework for fisheries and wetlands under the NICRA project. The MoU was signed between Shri Nilesh Desai, Associate Director of SAC and Dr P U Zacharia, Principal Scientist and Principal Investigator, NICRA project of ICAR-CMFRI. The SAC will develop the web portal and mobile app as per the requirement of ICAR-CMFRI.


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 Regional Centre organises Stakeholder Meet on Draft Mariculture Policy

Madras Regional Centre Organises Stakeholder Meet on Draft Mariculture Policy

 

A stakeholder meeting on the Draft National Mariculture Policy (NMP) was held at Venkataraman Memorial Trust Hall, Kovalam, Chennai on 3rd December 2018 to gather inputs from them on the Draft NMP. Stakeholders comprising fishermen, fish farmers, representatives from various fishermen organizations, entrepreneurs, government organizations, non- government organizations working in fisheries, the Tamil Nadu Fisheries University and the Department of Fisheries officials of both Tamil Nadu and Ponducherry participated in the consultation.


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R. Kirubagaran, Co-Chairman, NMP – 2018 and former Head, MBTD, NIOT (Retd.) pointed out that stakeholders’ views are important to refine the draft of the policy for final approval. Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge, Dr. Joe K. Kizhakudan, Principal Scientist, Dr. Reena Selvi, Joint Director, Department of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. R. Naryanakumar, Principal Scientist and Dr. A.K. Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist spoke at the meeting. The interaction session was moderated by Dr. A.K. Abdul Nazar, Dr. Joe K. Kizhakudan, Dr. R. Kirubagaran and Dr. Reena Selvi.     



Doubling Income: ICAR-CMFRI launches Farm Shoppe to provide market avenue for farmers

Doubling Income: ICAR-CMFRI Launches ‘Farm Shoppe’ to Provide Market Avenue for Farmers

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Ernakulam) of the ICAR Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi and the Agricultural Technology Information Centre- ATIC of the Institute jointly launched ‘Farm Shoppe- the safe food store’ at the ICAR-CMFRI headquarters in Kochi on 4th January 2019. Fresh, hygienic and pure food materials directly procured from farmers, farmer collectives and self-help groups will be made available in the outlet.

An initiative to provide market avenue for farmers in line with the Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 programme of the Government of India, the Farm Shoppe is aimed at demonstrating a model that ensures fair price to farmers while supplying safe food to the consumers avoiding middlemen.  Food and health products that are being used at home on daily basis such as fish, rice, egg, milk, cooking oil, pulses, spices, etc are available for sale at the outlet. It is managed by utilising revolving fund of the KVK Ernakulam.  


The facility is also a part of Swatch Bharat Abhiyan as the food products selling in the outlet are purely organic and the outlet collects used plastic containers to reduce plastic pollution. The outlet will play a crucial role in promoting organic farming activities since the organic farmers in the region will be capable of finding markets for their produce through the Farm Shoppe.

The Shoppe was inaugurated by Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI. 

ICAR-CMFRI celebrates 72nd Foundation Day

ICAR-CMFRI celebrates 72nd Foundation Day 

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) opened its doors for students and public on the occasion of its 72nd Foundation Day celebrations on 5th February 2019 at its Headquarters in Kochi and Regional Research Centres. The Open House programme evoked a huge response from the public to enjoy the ringside view of marine wonders and to learn the latest developments in marine research. Nearly 5000 people visited the Headquarters of the institute located in Kochi, to watch in awe the splendours of aquatic organisms in the sea and to interact with the scientists.

The huge crowd who came to see the wonders of marine world was awestruck by the giant-sized Napoleon Wrasse, weighing 35 kg, at the National Marine Biodiversity Museum at the CMFRI.  The museum also showcased a collection of marine species such as sea hares, flying squid, horse shoe crab, sea snakes, sea birds, pearl oyster, sea cow, sharks, penguin, dolphin, etc. The CMFRI museum is the national designated registry of marine species which has a collection of around 3000 marine specimens. 

CMFRI also arranged a display of pelagic, demersal, molluscan and crustacean fishery resources such as dolphin fish, rare species of sharks and rays, giant tiger shrimp and giant-sized crabs on the occasion. Marine research aquarium showcasing rare ornamental varieties and the exhibition of pearls, pearl oysters, squid jigs, different varieties of mangroves, seaweeds, etc. also drew the attention of visitors. 


The visitors also displayed keen interest in understanding the functioning of the fish ageing laboratory of the CMFRI. The laboratory uses state-of-the-art equipment to estimate the age of the fish and the scientists explained to the visitors the various stages involved in the process. Models of cage fish farming, aquaponics, ornamental fish farming, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) etc. were demonstrated to the public. The visitors also interacted with the scientists and engaged in discussions on the issues and challenges being faced by the marine fishery of the country. Laboratories related to molecular biology, bioprospecting, cell culture, fishery biology, environmental research, climate change, ocean acidification etc. also were opened to the public during the programme.  Awareness on dangers of dumping plastic wastes into water ecosystem also was held. Information service was provided at the all exhibition stalls arranged under the aegis of 10 Divisions of CMFRI. The School students were encouraged to join the ‘Climate Club’, a platform set up by the CMFRI to create awareness on impact of climate change among the students. Lectures on conservation of wetland were also held during the day. 

Foundation day was also celebrated in all the Regional Research Centres located in Veraval, Mumbai, Karwar, Mangalore, Calicut, Vizhinjam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Mandapam, Visakhapatnam and Digha, and the Field Centre in Puri and the KVK of ICAR-CMFRI in Ernakulum by conducting similar Open House programmes, attracting the public to view and understand the research activities of the institute. Besides exhibition, awareness lectures, interactive meets, film exhibition and several competitions were organised by various Regional Research Centres of the Institute.  

Madras Research Centre

The foundation day celebrations of the Madras Research Centre of the Institute was inaugurated by Dr.A.R.T.Arasu, HoD (Retd.,) , CIBA by lighting the lamp. Recollecting his association with the CMFRI, Dr. Arasu complimented the work done by the research centre and motivated the staff members to carry out the work to take the Institution to greater heights. Dr.P.Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge welcomed the gathering. As many as 113 students from Santhome High School (50) and Kendriya Vidhyalaya, CLRI Campus) (63) and 56 students from Presidency College visited the Centre during the Open House held as part of the celebrations. They were shown a video film on CMFRI followed by interaction with the staff members. They visited the marine aquarium, marine biodiversity museum, fishery biology laboratory, hydrography laboratory and tissue culture laboratory. At the end of the visit, a quiz competition was held for the students based on their visit to the Centre and prizes were given to the winners.