ICAR-CMFRIs sea ranching initiative helps to boost shrimp production in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar
The continuous and regular sea ranching initiatives of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) have had a significant impact in increasing the production of green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar region. The Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI started sea ranching (releasing seeds into the sea) of the species in this region since 2017 aimed at replenishing the natural stock and shrimp productivity. Recent study on the impact of the initiative based on catch recovery from the wild shows that the shrimp landings have increased over 35 per cent during the first week of June 2020 in Rameswaram, Pamban, Mandapam and Soliyakudi landing centres, with a total shrimp catch of 650 tonnes from these landing centres during the week.
The boost in shrimp production will be helpful for the livelihood of the fishermen in this region. Genetic analysis using molecular markers are in progress to evaluate the impact of sea ranching on shrimp stock enhancement based on the recovery studies of the released seeds in the catch.
During the period from 2017 to 2020, a total of 10.745 million seeds of P. semisulcatus was released in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar. In continuation of this, ICAR-CMFRI released 7 lakhs more shrimp seeds (size PL 15-20) into the sea-grass beds at Pirappan Valasai of the Palk Bay on 20th November 2020, in the presence of Shri. K Muraleedharan, Member of Institute Management Committee of ICAR-CMFRI, Dr R Jayakumar, Head-in-Charge, scientists and other staff of the Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.
This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.