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.
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.
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.
Regional Centre Organises Stakeholder Meet on Draft Mariculture Policy
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
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
Doubling Income: ICAR-CMFRI Launches ‘Farm
Shoppe’ to Provide Market Avenue for Farmers
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.
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.
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.
was inaugurated by Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI.
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.