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.
Tuticorin Research Centre
Dr. P. Velayutham, Dean, Fisheries College & Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, Thoothukudi inaugurated the foundation day celebrations at the Tuticorin Research Centre, Thoothukudi. The other dignitaries who were present on the occasion included Dr. N. Chandra, Joint Director of Fisheries (Regional), Thoothukudi, Smt. Anju, Assistant Director, MPEDA, Thoothukudi and Shri. Siva Ramakrishnan, Assistant Director of Fisheries (Fishing Harbour), Thoothukudi. Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge welcomed the gathering. Researchers and students from various schools and colleges visited the Centre on the day. The total number of visitors, including students and general public, crossed 2400. Scientists and staffs explained various activities being carried out by Centre to the visitors. To mark the celebration, an elocution competition on ‘impact of plastic pollution in the marine life” and a drawing competition on “effect of climate change in marine environment” had conducted on 2nd February 2019.
Puri Field Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
As part of the foundation day celebrations, the Puri Field Centre of the Institute, Puri opened its door for the students, general public and fisher folks to give them a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the research and development activities of the Institute. The exhibition displayed a diverse marine species, including both finfish and shellfish, along the live specimens, monographs, books, newsletters, pamphlets, Institute documentary videos, developed products and other publications.
CMFRI sets up unit to manage laboratory glass wastes
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has
come up with a new initiative for laboratory waste management this time. The Institute
set up a glass crushing unit that will manage the recycling of refuse glass
bottles used in laboratories by pulverizing them into the sand-like granules,
which could be used for construction works.
The unit, which was designed by Anoop Augustin of the Estate
and Maintenance Cell of the CMFRI, is part of the Swachha Bharat programme of
the Institute. A one-litre glass bottle could be crushed into tiny shreds
within two seconds at the unit, which requires 6-unit electricity per hour
operation. Besides laboratory glass
bottles, all refuse glass materials, including tube lights, could be recycled
in the same way using the facility.
CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan, who inaugurated the
functioning of the glass crushing unit, said laboratories could be kept
environment-friendly through the proper management of recycling the glass
bottles in the lab after use. “Laboratories use a lot of glass bottles to store
chemicals, but those bottles are accumulated as non-gradable wastes in the lab
or its premises after use. The glass crushing unit will be of great help to
convert all these wastes into recycled material for further use in other
purposes”, he said.
As part of its swachhata mission, CMFRI organised cleaning
drives besides conducting various awareness programmes. The awareness
programmes included human chain, painting exhibition and bike rally.
Chief Administrative Officer C Muralidharan, Dr Shyam S
Salim, Dr EM Abdussamad, Dr VP Vipinkumar, A Padmanabhan and Joseph Mathew
attended among others during the launch of the glass crushing unit.