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.