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ICAR Sponsored Winter School at ICAR-CMFRI Kochi on "Recent Advances in Bioactive Compounds" from 23-01-2018 to 12-02-2018

ICAR Sponsored Winter School at ICAR-CMFRI Kochi on "Recent Advances in Bioactive Compounds" from 23-01-2018 to 12-02-2018

The Marine Biotechnology Division of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi is organizing a Winter School on “Recent advances in bioactive compounds from marine organisms and development of high-value products for health management at CMFRI, Kochi during 23rd January to 12th February 2018 for Scientists/officials from ICAR institutes/ Universities. The objective of the Winter School is to provide up-to-date information and acquaint the participants with the latest technologies on isolation and characterization of marine natural products of pharmaceutical importance from marine organisms, general and advanced methods of isolation procedures by chromatography, classification of organic compounds and their characterization by advanced spectroscopic experiments. This program further aims giving exposure to the chemical perspectives of marine organisms, primary and secondary bioactive metabolites from fish and marine organisms to develop bioactive compounds and high-value functional food products. Theory & practical classes will be conducted in these areas to provide the participants a hands-on experience. These can serve to plan research on marine bioprospecting in the respective laboratories and institutes of the participants so that they can formulate the strategies for research. The total intake of the course is 25th participants including ICAR Institute/SAU’s/KVKs/Central Universities. The nomination of the sponsored candidates may be forwarded to the undersigned, so as to reach the Course Director of the training programme latest by 30.11.2017 at the address given below. For further information please visit cbp.icar.gov.in and www.cmfri.org.in or email at chakrabortycmfri@gmail.com

Dr. Kajal Chakraborty
Senior Scientist (Organic Chemistry)
Marine Biotechnology Division; ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Post  Box No. 1603, Ernakulam North P.O., Kochi-682 018.

Phone: (Off): 0484-2394867; 09446418432; Fax : 0091-0484-2394909
E-mail : chakrabortycmfri@gmail.com

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Important dates

Last date for receipt of nominations: 30th November, 2017

Information to the candidate about selection: 5th December, 2017

Last date of confirmation by the candidates: 10th December, 2017

DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals


DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals


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‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code: Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India available for comments

Dear,

It gives me great pleasure to share with you a draft copy of the book ‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code:  Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India’ jointly produced by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT) and the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI).  Scientists of CMFRI and CIFT have come together to provide guidance on how the FAO’s 1995 Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) can be operationalized in India. 

I request you to kindly read the book and provide your valuable comments on the concepts and implementation plan provided in the book.  In order to make your job easier, we are providing a brief questionnaire which you could answer in a simple yes/no format.  If, however, you feel strongly about some points you could also write in comments in detail or directly email me the comments.  We are also providing a return-addressed stamped envelope through which you could return the comments.  We would very much appreciate receiving your comments within 3 weeks of receipt of this book.

I hope that you would be able to comply with our request in spite of your busy schedule in the interest of sustainability of marine fisheries of the country.  Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest.

 Best wishes,

Yours faithfully,

(A. Gopalakrishnan)

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CMFRI develops breeding technology of Indian pompano

CMFRI develops breeding technology of Indian pompano

The mariculture in India is set to get a major boost with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) successfully developing the seed production technology of Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee), which has high commercial value both in domestic and international markets.

This is the fifth of its kind achievement made by the CMFRI after the institute developed seed production technology of cobia, silver pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor. Indian pompano (locally known as Avoli Vatta) is the most suitable species for cage culture considering its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, good meat quality and high consumer preference.

Breeding and seed production technology of the species was developed at the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI after two years of research. The technology was developed with the help of Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), a new facility in fish farming.

Indian pompano belongs to the Carangidae family, which is distributed in the Indo West Pacific region and is reported to be present in 15 different countries of the Asian continent. In India, the fish is reported from both the west and the east coasts. It is a marine fish with sporadic occurrences in bays and lagoons and the adult fishes prefer shallow coastal waters with rocky areas.

According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, this is the first report of successful mass scale seed production of Indian pompano in the world. “The achievement is a major breakthrough in Indian mariculture business which will help the farming community to use the hatchery produced seeds of Indian pompano for cage farming”, he said adding that mariculture activities would be diversified with CMFRI developing seed production technology of one more high value marine fish.

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Mariculture to increase marine fish production

“At a time when present capture fishery is facing a stagnation in the country, the CMFRI is more focussing on increasing marine fish production through mariculture. By 2050, India should produce at least 10.5 million tons of marine fish to meet the growing seafood demand. India’s marine fish catch is only 3.63 million tons in 2016”, Dr Gopalakrishnan said adding that CMFRI’s efforts on developing seed production technology high value marine fish was part of this objective.

Application for enlistment or registration of vendors in CMFRI for supply of goods and services

Application for enlistment or registration of vendors in CMFRI for supply of goods and services

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MSc Project /Dissertation work Notification 2017

Eligibility: Student must be pursuing postgraduate courses from a recognized University/ Institute /college in the relevant area. To be eligible, applicants should have maintained consistently good academic record (70% and above for general category; 65% and above for OBC/MBC/DNC/BC; 60% and above for SC/ST candidates) in all their papers. Only Indian nationals studying in Indian universities are eligible. Mere fulfilling of eligibility criteria is no guarantee for selection.

Duration of study and attendance: Students admitted will be required to work fulltime at CMFRI for a minimum period of (a) 60 working days for MSc. Full Attendance is mandatory for issuing project completion certificate.

Selection: Intake of students under this program will be made four times a year (Jan/April/July/October). Students can apply through the link available in the CMFRI website (www.cmfri.org.in). Selected candidates will be duly informed through their institutions six week before the start of the programme. Upon intimation, candidates must submit a declaration of acceptance duly endorsed by the head of their institution.

Students must choose their field study for dissertation programme. Each student can give only 2 preferences.

Criteria for selection include academic accomplishments primarily and availability of slots with scientists for accommodating additional candidates. Students will be governed by the rules of CMFRI prevailing at that point of time. Any action in case of indiscipline/untoward incident in the campus will be as per decisions by CMFRI administration.

Fee: The fee structures are as follows:
1. Project work for a period of three months (not less than 60 working days). Applicable to students of MSc: Rs 20,000.
2. Project work for a period of six months (not less than 125 working days). Rs 30,000

Candidates should pay the prescribed fee at the time of joining. The fee in the form of a demand draft drawn in favour of “Director, CMFRI” payable at Ernakulam in any nationalized bank.

Students applying from Institutions having Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMFRI shall be dealt with according to the conditions in the MoU

Accommodation: No hostel accommodation will be provided by CMFRI. Selected candidates may make their own arrangements for food and accommodation. However, during working days students may make use of CMFRI departmental canteen for lunch/tea/snacks on payment basis.

How to apply: Students can apply online by filling the online application form. Recommendation letter from the college and a brief biodata containing educational details and other achievements should also be attached along with application form

The decisions about the selection will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

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Training Programme on Fish Ageing using Hard Parts for Stock Assessment


Training Programme on

Fish Ageing using Hard Parts for Stock Assessment 

14 - 23 February 2018

ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi

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Open Sea Cage Culture and Mariculture Training under Skill Development Programme of NFDB at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Open Sea Cage Culture and Mariculture Training under the Skill Development Programme of NFDB at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

The training programme on ‘Open Sea Cage Culture and Mariculture’ under the Skill Development Programme of NFDB was successfully organized at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI for fishermen in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu during 3rd–5th January 2018. The training was inaugurated by Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge on 3rd January 2018 and he delivered the inaugural address. Shri.K.T.Gopinath, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Mandapam, Shri.M.Sivakumar, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram (South), Shri.Abdul Khader Jailani, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram (North), delivered the felicitation address. Dr. R.Jayakumar, Senior Scientist delivered the welcome address. Dr. G.Tamilmani, Scientist proposed vote of thanks. A total of 50 fishermen from 13 villages representing North & South Region of Ramanathapuram district participated the training. Hands on training was imparted on cage & net fabrication, feed management, growth assessment, net exchange, nursery management, packing & transportation, stocking of fingerlings in cages & disease management. Field visit to Mandapam, Munaikadu & Thangachimadam farming sites was also arranged. Fishermen interacted with the successful cage farmers and learnt their first hand experiences. The valedictory function was conducted on 5th January 2018.  Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge delivered the valedictory address and distributed the certificate to participants. Dr.M.Sakthivel & Dr.Johnson,B., Scientist coordinated the training programme.


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Second International SAFARI Symposium Gets Underway at CMFRI

Second International SAFARI Symposium Gets Underway at CMFRI

The second international symposium of the of the Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI) has got underway at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 15th January 2018. Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) inaugurated the three-day event. During his inaugural address, Dr Mohapatra urged the scientists to reach out to the community.

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Remote sensing techniques could effectively be used to develop proper technologies to maintain accuracy in a slew of activities such as weather warning, real-time advisories on nature of the sea, forecasting various ocean phenomena, etc., he said.  

“Scientists should be ready to improve the algorithms and models being used for the forecasting purposes in frequent intervals. Besides developing proper technologies, they have to update them constantly”, Dr Mohapatra said.

Referring to the significance of the remote sensing techniques in the fisheries, the ICAR Chief said ecological sustainability could be achieved by tapping the fortunes of the satellite remote sensing technology.


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“We are in a process of increasing the fish production, both capture and culture, to usher in the Blue Revolution utilising our vast resources. At the same time, we should be prepared to maintain the sustainability in the sector, and so responsible fishing should be encouraged. For this, the satellite remote sensing techniques will be great advantage to understand the ecosystem in deeper level that will help implement proper guidelines for ensuring sustainability in fisheries”, he said adding that the resources should be exploited only judiciously and sustainably.  

The SAFARI is a global research project of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and is now embedded in GEO’s “Ocean and Society: Blue Planet” initiative.

The three-day symposium titled ‘Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Analysis and Fisheries’ is part of CMFRI’s move to tap the fortunes of India’s satellite technology in favour of the marine fisheries sector. The meet will come up with a road map for utilising satellite data for scores of objectives in the marine sector of the country.

Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries) of the ICAR presided. Dr B Meenakumari, Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority Lasse H Pettersson from the Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Centre, Norway, Dr Rodney M Forster from the University of Hull, the United Kingdom and Prof. N R Menon, Chairman of the Nansen Environmental Research Centre-India, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI and T V Satyanandan, Head, Fishery Resources Assessment Division, CMFRI spoke on the inaugural function.

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The Agri-Aqua-Food fest and exhibition

An Agri-Aqua-Food fest and exhibition is open to the public on the side lines of the three-day symposium. Farmed live fishes, pokkali rice, frozen shrimp, canned tuna, tuna oil, oyster products, organic vegetables, spices, canned tuna, tuna oil, neera, coconut chips, among others are available at various stalls of the fest. Spices Board, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Vegetables and Fruit Promotion Council, Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen under the Fisheries Department, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training, Coconut Development Board, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute and various self-help groups have set up stalls to sell their products. In addition, an exhibition showcasing the latest technologies of around 20 research organisations, including ISRO and INCOIS are on display at the venue.

CMFRI launches Winter School to train researchers in developing products from marine organisms

CMFRI Launches Winter School to Train Researchers in Developing Products from Marine Organisms

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) launched a Winter School to train young researchers about the latest technologies in the area of developing natural products from marine organisms against various diseases. Organised by the Marine Biotechnology division of CMFRI, the Winter School on ‘recent advances in bioactive compounds from marine organisms and development of high value products for health management’ is being attended by 25 researchers and officials from various institutes under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the universities from across the country.

Padma Bhushan Dr Manju Sharma, eminent biotechnologist and former secretary of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India inaugurated the School on 23rd January 2018 at the CMFRI, Kochi.

Expressing concern over the alarming rate of malnutrition among the children in the country’s rural areas, she called for an integrated and holistic approach for developing proper technologies to ensure the food and nutritional security for the people of India.

Regular training and awareness camps should be organised, particularly involving women in rural areas, Dr Sharma said. “A people-centred approach focusing on farmers, technological empowerment and rural community should be developed” she said adding that women should be given special focus in agricultural innovations.

CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan presided over the inaugural function of the Winter School. Dr P Vijayagopal, Head, Marine Biodiversity Division of the CMFRI and Dr Kajo Chakraborty, Senior Scientist, CMFRI spoke on the occasion.

Training will be provided to the budding researchers on various research aspects for developing medicines and other nutraceutical products from sea that include isolation and characterisation of natural products of pharmaceutical importance from marine organisms such as seaweeds, molluscs, sponges, coelenterates, etc. 

CMFRI is the pioneering marine research institute to work in the frontier area of marine bio-prospecting molecule discovery, marine food product technology and development of high-value nutraceutical products such as dietary and health management supplements. The institute has already developed and commercialised various nutraceutical products for various diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cholesterol and obesity. In addition, several products from marine organisms as promising therapeutic agents against diseases such as thyroid are in pipeline to be out licensed soon.

CMFRI’s training programme would help the participants formulate strategies further research in the area, paving the way for an upsurge of research on marine bio-prospecting in the respective laboratories and various institutes of the participants.

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CMFRI Platinum Jubilee Elocution Competition Result

ICAR-CMFRI launches programme to train 5000 fishermen in open sea cage farming

Blue Revolution Scheme:
ICAR-CMFRI launches programme to train 5000 fishermen in open sea cage farming

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has launched a major project for boosting the open sea cage farming in Indian waters, setting a stage for the Blue Revolution. The Institute started providing training to 5000 fishermen across the country in sea cage farming with an aim to bolster the mariculture activities in the country in the wake of a stagnation in the capture fishery. The project envisages accelerating the process for ushering in the Blue Revolution by providing effective training to the fishermen with a financial support of nearly Rs 1 crore from the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.


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The first phase of the programme began at the Headquarters of the ICAR-CMFRI in Kochi on 29th January 2018 with a three-day long training that was attended by 50 fishermen in the central region of Kerala. CMFRI will extend the training programme to the fishermen in all the maritime States accordingly.

While speaking at the inauguration of the programme, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said: “ICAR-CMFRI will extend all technical support to the fishermen to start cage farming enterprises in the open sea waters which will become an additional income to the fishermen and will help increase the marine fish production of the country. CMFRI’s door will be always open to the fishermen community”.


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S Mahesh, Deputy Director of Fisheries, Government of Kerala inaugurated the three-day training programme. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI presided over. Dr Imelda Joseph, Head of Mariculture Division of ICAR-CMFRI and Dr Boby Ignatius, Principal Scientist of the Institute interacted with the fishermen on the occasion. 

The cage fish farming technology has proved 70 times more productive than the normal methods of the fish farming in ponds. Conventional pond culture of marine fishes produces an average 0.5 kg/m3 (5000 kg/ha) whereas cage farming offers a production of 35 kg/m3.



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The ICAR-CMFRI has already commenced the works to establish a brood bank of high value marine fishes suitable to the cage farming with a financial support of Rs 9 crore from the NFDB.

Mariculture Division of the ICAR-CMFRI is coordinating the programme.

It is presumed that by 2030, fish consumption in developing and developed countries is expected to increase by 57% and 4% respectively. Cage fish farming in sea waters has proved economically viable as it requires comparatively less cost of capital input. It is expected that the sea cage farming will get a major boost once the National Mariculture Policy is notified and comes in force in the country in near future. The species such as cobia, seabass, groupers, snappers, mullet, lobster and pearl spot are highly suitable for cage farming in sea waters. 

 

ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates 71st Foundation Day

ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates 71st Foundation Day

CMFRI Headquarters, Kochi

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) opened its doors to students and public on the occasion of its 71st Foundation Day celebrations on 3rd February 2018 at its Headquarters in Kochi and at 11 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 at 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. As part of the programme, the National Marine Biodiversity Museum, various state-of-the-art laboratories, marine research aquarium, Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) and hatcheries were opened to the public. The museum, which is designated as the National Repository by the Union Government, was the main attraction to the visitors. It accommodates over 2,200 specimens of marine flora and fauna.

The Open House also highlighted the impact of climate change on marine fisheries sector. The research output of the study on climate change carried out under the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was displayed to the public on the occasion. The scientists associated with the NICRA project explained the findings of the study to the public. The study indicated that there had been changes in scores of areas such as sea surface temperature (SST), chlorophyll, wind and rainfall, ocean current, spawning season, maturity, distribution and catch of various marine fishes owing to climate change.  

The visitors also displayed keen interest in understanding the functioning of the fish ageing laboratory situated at the Headquarters. The laboratory uses state-of-the-art equipment to find out the age of the fishes 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. 

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.  

 

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Mandapam Regional Centre

The 71st Foundation Day of ICAR-CMFRI was celebrated at Mandapam Regional Centre on 3rd February, 2018. Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge delivered the presidential address. Dr. G. S. Sameeran, IAS, Additional Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram delivered the chief guest address. He inaugurated the exhibition containing school children’s drawing. He also distributed the prizes for the winner’s in elocution competition conducted for Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mandapam Camp students. Dr.R.Jayakumar, Senior Scientist delivered the welcome address. Dr.G.Tamilmani, Scientist proposed a vote of thanks.

An ‘Open House’ was organized for the benefit of students and public. More than 2,000 students from the schools and colleges of Ramanathapuram district visited the aquarium and museum. Awareness on marine resource conservation, biodiversity issues, mariculture and aquarium keeping was given to the students.

Recreation Club organized the sports events for the staff of Mandapam Regional Centre. The prizes were distributed to the winners by Dr. G. S. Sameeran, IAS, Additional Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram.

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Mangalore Research Centre

The 71st Foundation Day of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) was celebrated in a befitting manner at the Mangalore Research Centre on 3rd February 2018. In a bid to show case the marine research activities being carried out at the Research Centre mainly to school children in particular and the public in general, an Open House was conducted on the occasion. The laboratories and the premise of the Research Centre were kept open for public. Children from 6 schools and local enthusiasts visited the Research Centre.

An exhibition was also organised on the occasion by setting up a 30 m long stretch of models depicting the evolution of marine fisheries in Karnataka. The exhibits depicted the major growth phases in marine fishing sector of the state since the early times to the current period. More than 100 models portraying the transition from artisanal community-based fisheries to the modern industrial fisheries were displayed. This included the change over from traditional non-mechanized fishing using catamarans & dugout canoes to the mechanized fishing activity, including the latest light fishing by purse seines. Replica of farming methods popularised by the Institute for enhancing fish production by mariculture techniques were also displayed, which included rack and raft used in estuarine mussel & oyster farming and small-scale finfish cages & open-sea cages. Museum exhibits included interesting and rare marine specimens, fresh fish specimens of commonly available fishery resources, charts and posters featuring the Oceans and its marine wealth, models depicting the major fishing practices, degradation of the marine environment with focus on plastic wastes and its impact on the marine system and fishes.  Instruments for marine environmental studies, such as, Nansen bottle, Niskin water sampler, grab, Secchi disc, pH meter, autotitrator, thermo reactor, conductivity kits, phytoplankton and zooplankton nets were also exhibited. A short documentary films on the marine life was screened for the students. A sales counter was kept open for the sales of the CMFRI posters and books.


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Tuticorin Research Centre

As part of the 71st Foundation Day celebrations, the Tuticorin Research Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised various programmes including Open House. The research laboratories and other facilities at the Centre were opened to the public on the occasion.  

The function was formally inaugurated by Assistant Collector Shri. S.Saravanan IAS, Thoothukudi in the presence of Dr. G. Sugumar, Dean, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi, Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, TRC of CMFRI, Thoothukudi, Shri. V.P.Nema, General Manager, Heavy Water Plant, Government of India, Thoothukudi and Shri. Amal Xavier, Joint Director of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu, Scientists and staff members of TRC of CMFRI. After paying a visit to all the laboratories, museum, hatcheries and aquarium of the Institute, the dignitaries appreciated all the facilities and the works being carried out at the Centre.

Researchers and students from various schools and colleges visited the centre. The total number of visitors including the students and other public were more than 2000 numbers (which includes approximately 1800 nos of school and college students, 20 school and college and 200 nos of public). The CMFRI scientists explained various activities being carried out by them to the students and public.

Aimed at creating awareness among the school students, an elocution competition on the topic “Global warming” and   drawing competition on “Save our seas” were conducted on 2nd February 2018.  In all, 18 and 20 schools participated for drawing and elocution competitions respectively.  In the drawing competition, BMC Matriculation Higher Secondary School bagged the first prize was, Das Nevis Higher Secondary School got the second prize and Good Shephered Model Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin bagged the third prize.  In Elocution competition, St. Lasalle  Higher Secondary School won the first prize, Sakthi Vinayaka Hindu Vidyalaya got the second prize and Subbiah Vidyalayam Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin bagged the third prize. Dr.G. Sugumar, Dean, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi distributed prizes and certificates to the winners of each competition.  Participation certificates were also distributed to those participated in the competition. 

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Madras Research Centre

Shri C M Muralidharan, FAO Consultant inaugurated the 71st Foundation Day Celebration at the Madras Research Centre on 2nd February 2018. Highlighting the significant role being played by the CMFRI in conserving and managing marine fishery resources of the country, he suggested that CMFRI should promote finfish and seaweed culture and continue preparing the policy advisories for the management of marine fisheries. CMFRI should focus on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) programmes along with facilitating the horizontal integration of private entrepreneurs in the technology adoption process.

Dr P Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge of the Centre and Dr R Narayana Kumar, Principal Scientist spoke on the inaugural function.

A total of 75 students from two schools visited the Centre to witness the Open House programme. Various laboratories, marine museum, marine aquarium and tissue culture lab were opened to the students. Scientists and the technical staff at the Centre explained the activities in the respective laboratories to the students. An interactive session between the students and the scientists was also arranged on the occasion. As part of encouraging students to engage in conservation of nature, tree saplings were presented to the students instigating them to plant those in their compounds.


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Visakhapatnam Regional Centre

The Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI celebrated the 71st ICAR – Central Marine Fisheries Foundation Day on 2nd February 2018 at the centre. The celebration was shared with about seventy students of Siva Sivani Public School. The programme started with ICAR song followed by a presentation on ‘Introduction and Achievements of CMFRI’ by Mr. Loveson Edward, Scientist. Two competitions namely extempore speech and conceptual art competition on “Man and Fish” were conducted amongst school children. All the students were participated enthusitically. Further, they were shown videos on Marine life and Fisheries and Plastic debris in the sea. This was continued with presentation on Marine Biodiversity by Dr H.M. Manhas, Scientist followed by Swachhata Pledge by Dr S S Raju, Principal Scientist. The students visited the mariculture laboratory and marine museum. The visits were coordinated by Dr Sekar Megarajan and Dr Pralay Ranjan Behra.  After the visit, concluding session was held with the chair of Dr. S.S. Raju, Scientist-In-Charge (I/C) and prizes were distributed to the winners of the competition. Finally the celebration concluded with National anthem and a group photo of the event. The event was coordinated by Dr. Phalguni  Pattnaik, ACTO.

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The date of interview for the post of Media Consultant is postponed and the new date will be informed shortly to the selected candidates via email.


The date of interview for the post of Media Consultant is postponed and the new date will be informed shortly to the selected candidates via email.

Smt. I. Rani Kumudini, IAS, Chief Executive, NFDB visited Veraval Regional Centre of CMFRI

Smt. I. Rani Kumudini, IAS, Chief Executive, NFDB, Hyderabad visited Veraval Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Smt. I. Rani Kumudini, IAS, Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India visited Veraval Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 11th of February 2018. She was accompanied by prominent  seaweed expert, Dr C. R. K. Reddy, Chief Scientist, CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute, Bhavnagar. The guests visited the Seacage farming site of the Centre and Veraval Fishing Harbour prior to the meeting at the Centre. A meeting with the researchers and staff of ICAR-CMFRI along witht invited stakeholders comprising of sea prospective cage farmers and fishermen besides the members of the Sidi tribals invoved int he seacage farming activities of CMFRI was held in the CMFRI Centre. Sh. Vinay Kumar Vase, Scientist made a presentation comprising of highlights of the research initiatives of the Centre in the fisheries resources management, ecosystem and biodiversity monitoring and maricutlure. The CE, NFDB interacted with the scientists and staff of CMFRI as well as other stakeholders and stressed upon the scope of mariculture and seaweed farming in the region. She cleared the queries of the stakeholders regarding the role of NFDB in promoting sea cage farming in India. She visited different laboratories and facilities of Veraval Centre of CMFRI before departure. She appreciated the facilities at the centre and the initiatives of the CMFRI in Gujarat.  

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