DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals
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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.
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.
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.
Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI organises Training Programme on IMTA
Tuticorin Research Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a three-day training programme on ‘field demonstration on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)’ from February 15 to 17 at the Centre. The objective of the programme was to impart hands-on practical knowledge in a slew of areas such as sea cage farming of commercially important finfishes and shellfishes, collection of seeds, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) farming practices, seaweed culture, pearl culture, hatchery production of juvenile cephalopod and low-cost fish feed formulation to the fishermen in the selected six coastal villages of Thoothukudi District.
Organised under the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project, the training programme was inaugurated by B Thirumathi.Bala Saraswathi, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu. She appreciated the efforts of Tuticorin Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI in areas such as site selection for sea cage farming practices, low-cost cage design and fabrication, deployment and scientific advice sea cage farming of sea bass, cobia lobsters, etc. under the FIMSUL and NADP projects of the State Fisheries Department, Tamil Nadu. She released a brochure on ‘Field Demonstration on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture” which was specially prepared for fishers to enlighten their knowledge on fish seed resources, marine fish farming activities, seaweed culture and pearl culture under the IMTA.
Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge of the Centre, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist and Dr. L. Ranjith, Scientist & Centre Co-ordinator, NICRA project spoke on the inaugural session. As many as 25 trainees from 6 coastal villages attended the programme. Theory classes and hands-on practical sessions were conducted during the three-day programme. Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith, Scientist, Shri. C. Kalidas, Scientist, Shri. D. Linga Prabu, Scientist and Mrs. M. Kavitha, Scientist led various technical sessions.
A field visit to model sea cage farm, Sippikulam & Keelavipar followed by the practical demonstration on site selection for sea cage farming, GI cage fabrication, cage culture of sea bass, lobsters, crabs, pearl oysters and seaweeds (IMTA) were given to the trainees under a team headed by Shri.C.Kalidas, Scientist, & Shri. P. Muthukrishnan and technical officers of the Centre. Practical session on PVC raft, coir rope, & net-bag preparation for seaweed culture was given under the guidance of Shri. P. Muthukrishnan, Technical Officer, Shri. N. Jesuraj, Technical Officer and Shri. K. Karuppasamy, SRF.
Application for enlistment or registration of vendors in CMFRI for supply of goods and services
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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.
Training Programme on
Fish Ageing using Hard Parts for Stock Assessment
14 - 23 February 2018
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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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mumbai Regional Centre of CMFRI
ICAR-CMFRI Foundation Day Celebrations and conduct of Open House was organized on 3rd February, 2018 in Dr. D.V.Bal Auditorium of ICAR-CIFE, old campus, seven bungalows. The function began after formal inauguration in presence of dignitaries Shri. Govind Bodke (IAS), Commissioner of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Maharashtra, Dr. Gopalkrishna, Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, Dr. A.K.Chaubey, Scientist-in-charge, Regional Centre of CSIR-NIO, Mumbai and Dr. Mahesh Kumar Farejiya Director (Engg) & Acting Director General, Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai, Dr. S.K Chakraborty, Retd., Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai and Shri Ramdas P. Sandhe, Chairman- National Fish Workers Forum & Maharashtra Rajya Macchimar Sangh & Vice- President Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti.
Around seventy participants excluding the staff of the Centre and including representatives from different institutes, fishermen from Versova and students from different colleges of Mumbai University were invited for the function. The formal welcome address and opening remarks were given by Scientist-In-Charge, Dr. Veerendra Veer Sigh followed by a presentation on broad idea about the Institute and brief note on 71 years of activities of the ICAR-CMFRI.
Dr. Gopalkrishna, Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai deliberated on the role of CIFE under one roof of ICAR. ICAR-CIFE . He stressed that visualization can be done for tomorrow by foreseeing the upcoming ground realities. Further he mentioned that one must know the strengths and weaknesses to improve. He stated now enormous funds are released for fisheries and all should utilize these funds properly for the progress of the sector.
Shri. Govind Bodke (IAS), Commissioner of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Maharashtra in his address mentioned that at present trawl net fishing and purse seine fishing is under strong criticism. Fishermen are opposing to these nets and the fishery. He appealed all the scientists to come together and do the research for developing a model for sustainable fisheries. Shri. S.G. Raje (Retd. Sr. Sci, ICAR-CMFRI) had a question as to what has happened to the decisions taken during Kalawar’s times and what can be done in future in the interest of the fishermen? Shri. Bodke ensured that he will sit with the scientist of ICAR- CMFRI, once in the month to discuss about the improvement of fisheries.
Representative from ICAR-CIRCOT Dr.(Smt.) Sujata Saxena, Principal Scientist & Head I/C – CBPD cited that cotton seed is developed as fish feed and we are improving on that. She also stated that nanotechnology has been developed and established in ICAR-CIRCOT. She greeted the ICAR- CMFRI community on the foundation day.Dr. A. K. Chaubey, Scientist-in-charge, Regional Centre of CSIR-NIO, Mumbai in his talk narrated that in 1947 there were less facilities available when ICAR-CMFRI started its work and during the period till now it has progressed. He greeted and wished to keep the progress improving in the same pace. He mentioned that the CSIR-NIO has done research upto 200 NM and intend to do that upto 300 NM. He wished that all have to get together and do their work, if we have to do the research to target the area upto 350 NM.
Dr. Mahesh Kumar Farejiya Director (Engg) & Acting Director General, Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai said that they are doing their survey with their vessels above 30m depth i.e., deep sea survey. He stated that the fishing is a risky job and reducing boats for sustaining the fishery is not so easy as it will affect livelihood of fishermen. They are having 21 boats for their research work. He wished and congratulated ICAR-CMFRI for its work.
Shri Ramdas P. Sandhe, Chairman- Maharashtra Rajya Macchimar Sangh & Vice- President Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti in his speech told that the geographical conditions differ in different states and hence fishing ban period is different. According to him all landing centre are not good for ports (even small ports) we do not see co-ordination between organizations like ICAR-CMFRI, ICAR-CIFE and CSIR-NIO etc because of which we have to face different notifications and ideas. Infact these organizations can collectively give us their advisories. He said that the reasons for instant changes in weather are not known to us and wished that the scientist should study and communicate to us. He further expressed that there should be some reservations for fishermen in fisheries colleges.
Dr. S.K Chakraborty, Retd., Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai mentioned that he had joined ICAR-CMFRI in beginning of his career where he worked for 21 years. He mostly worked with Dr.Bapat, Dr. Rammurthy, Dr. Kurian, Smt. P.V. Kagwade and wrote a paper on 25 important species. According to him reducing boats is not possible as we cannot tell the fishermen to stop their boats and subsequently their livelihood. Trawl is selective and non-selective, so anything comes in the way of the trawl net comes in the catch. Management of fisheries has to be studied more. He gave his best wishes to ICAR-CMFRI on occasion of annual day.
Shri. S.G. Raje (Retd. Sr. Sci, ICAR-CMFRI) wished that a meetings should be held by ICAR-CMFRI for timely guidance to the fishing community. Mrs. Rajeshri Bhanji, women representative, said that we are 27 crore members in the ‘Koli’ community but there are no clashes and we are united. She congratulated ICAR-CMFRI for the annual day function.
The programme was concluded by SIC and formal votes of Thanks were given by Shri. Ratheesh Kumar R. Scientist, Mumbai RC of CMFRI
For this occasion all together hundred and twenty persons including staff members of the research centre were present. Collectively it was a successful function. Many students and faculty from various colleges and fishermen representatives visited the centre and its laboratories, museum etc. A short film film on plastic pollution was also shown to the participants. The participants had shown keen interest to attend such kind of programmes in the centre as well as in their fishing villages in future.
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.
CMFRI hands over Ockhi relief fund to Kerala Chief Minister
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has donated Rs 4.53 lakh to the Kerala State’s Cyclone Ockhi special relief fund. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of the CMFRI handed over a cheque of the amount to Shri Pinarayai Vijayan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala. The amount was collected from the staff of the CMFRI Headquarters in Kochi and its other two research centres located in Kerala, namely, Vizhinjam and Calicut.
Similarly, an amount of Rs 2 lakhs, collected from the CMFRI Centres in Chennai, Mandapam andThoothukudi, will be handed over to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minster on 27th February 2018 by the Scientists in Charge of CMFRI Centres located in the State.