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 achievements appeared in ICAR Major Milestones 2016-17
CMFRI Gets Rs 9 cr to Set up National Broodbanks of Marine Fishes
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries approves CMFRI’s proposal to enhance farmed marine fish production
The ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has got an amount of Rs 9 cr from the Centre to establish national broodbanks of two marine fishes namely cobia and pompano.
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare approved CMFRI’s proposal to enhance production of farmed cobia (Rachycentron canadum) and pompano (Trachinotus blochii) through the establishment of their broodbanks and supply of larvae to all coastal States for seed production.
The broodbank will be set up at Mandapam and Vizhinjam regional centres of the CMFRI and the regional hatcheries will be established in all maritime States. The broodbank will have quarantine facility, broodstock holding tanks, recirculation aquaculture systems and photothermal control systems. The proposed facility will sustainably produce fertilized eggs and newly hatched larvae from bio-secure broodstocks of cobia and pompano fed with suitable diets under controlled water quality parameters and photoperiod.
According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI the new project will help solve the issue of scarcity of quality seeds of cobia and pompano which are among the most suitable species for sea cage farming in Indian waters. Since the present marine capture fisheries is unable to meet growing seafood demand, we have to focus on increasing the marine fish production through mariculture activities. However, scarcity of quality seeds is a major impediment to the mariculture industry in the country. The proposed broodbanks and regional hatchery facilities will cater to the requirements of quality seeds of cobia and pompano in all the maritime States, he said.
With the establishment of the broodbanks, production of 48 million newly hatched larvae of pompano and 30.72 million newly hatched larvae of cobia could be achieved per year.
There is a network of over 1000 cages spread across the country under the technical guidance of the CMFRI. Lack of adequate seed supply often hamper the mariculture industry and so a broodbanks of marine finfish as a national facility is the need of the hour.
CMFRI’s Mandapam Centre to act as national nodal centre of mariculture
The Mandapam Centre of CMFRI would act as the national nodal centre coordinating the seed production programme facilitating the supply of the seeds to various regional hatcheries set up across the maritime states in the country, said Dr Gopalakrishnan. “CMFRI has already developed the technology for mass production of fish seeds of cobia, silver pompano, Indian pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor”, he said.
National Mariculture Policy
The CMFRI would continue its efforts in drafting the National Mariculture Policy in collaboration with the fisheries departments of maritime States and Union Territories to develop the existing mariculture practices into a massive scale and to avoid conflicts of interest between other sectors, he said.
“CMFRI has conducted several sittings of scientific experts to come up with draft terms of reference with respect to the National Mariculture Policy. “The same will be finalised soon and circulated to all the maritime States for obtaining feedbacks from the States and stakeholoders”, Dr Gopalakrishnan said.
Sea ranching of green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) at Pamban, Palk Bay by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
Mandapam Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRl) is conducting research on hatchery production of P.semisulcatus shrimp seeds for sea ranching programme in order to increase shrimp production and promote the livelihood of fishermen in the Palk Bay & Gulf of Mannar region. As an initiative they had sea ranched about two lakh numbers P.semisulcatus shrimp seeds at Mandapam (Thonithurai) on 11th May 2017.
In continuation of that, about 10 lakhs numbers P.semisulcatus shrimp (flower iral) seeds at PL 10 (22-days-old larvae) stage were released at Pamban (near light house), Palk Bay region on 5th August 2017 by leaders of Country Craft Fishermen Associations, Fishermen farmers, Scientist-in-Charge, Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar and other Scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. Fishermen thanked Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI and expressed such programme will replenish the shrimp resource of the region.
TRC of CMFRI trains young researchers to manage endangered marine species
In connection with the on-going Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, the Tuticorin Research Centre of the Institute organised a one-day training programme on ‘Identification of marine fauna with special reference to Endangered, Threatened and Protected Species (ETPs)’ to the post-graduate students from different colleges in and around Thoothukudi district on 8th August 2017.
The ETPs listed in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 which include elasmobranch, molluscs, giant grouper, horseshoe crabs, all syngnathids (sea horses & pipe fishes), all holothurians (sea cucumbers), all scleractinians (reef building coral), all antipatharians (black coral), organ pipe coral (Tubipora musica), all millipora (fire coral), all gorgonians (sea fans), marine turtles, and marine mammals were given special emphasis during the programme. The endangered species refers to those whose population is declining drastically, and is seriously at risk of extinction. Threatened species are those species whose population levels are declining and are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. Protected species are that which is declined in wild and are protected by law.
While inaugurating the programme, Dr. M. Sakthivel, Dean (Academic & Research Wing), Kamaraj College, Tuticorin appreciated the ICAR-CMFRI for its effort to make students aware of ETPs and their taxonomy, research and conservation methods. During his introductory remarks, Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, Tuticorin Research Centre, ICAR-CMFRI stressed the need for giving special focus and protection to the ETPs.
The training programme was attended by 31 post graduate students from 6 different colleges. A series of lectures and hands-on training on identification of ETP species were given by the scientists of the Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI.
In addition, identification skill test was conducted for the participants to evaluate the understanding of the subject. St. Mary’s College, Tuticorin was adjudged as the best performing college in the contest. Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. P. S. Asha, Shri. C. Kalidas, Dr. L. Ranjith, Smt. M. Kavitha, Shri. Rajan Kumar and Smt. Shikha Rahangdale led various technical sessions.
Training Programme on Molecular and Microbiological Techniques- Basics and Beyond
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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
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 email@example.com
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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.
Financial Aid in Memory of CMFRI Scientist for Empowering Fishermen Community
As part of sponsoring the education of one girl child from the fishing community every year, Tuna Pillai Fisherfolk Welfare, a trust instituted in memory of late Dr P P Pillai,a former scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) by his family, handed over financial assistance to Maya Karthikeyan, a plustwo student and daughter of K V Karthikeyan and K C Rekha, the first ‘fisher couple’ in the country hailing from Chettuva, Thrissur.
At a function held at the CMFRI on Thursday, Padmaja Pillai, wife of the late scientist handed over the money to Maya. The welfare scheme of giving educational assistance of worth Rs. One lakh was started this year onwards with an aim to empower fishing community.
Dr P P Pillai was widely known as ‘Tuna Pillai’ for his outstanding research works for the development of tuna fishery in Indian waters. Dr Pillai, who was the Head of Pelagic Fisheries Division at the CMFRI, was member in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, representing the country for a long time. He died in March last year.
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, C R Sathiavathy, Executive Director of SAF, Asha P Pillai, Dr R Narayanakumar, Head of the Socio-Economic, Evaluation and Technology Transfer Division of CMFRI and Dr Shoji Joseph, Principal Scientist at CMFRI spoke on the occasion.
National Workshop on Harmonizing Coastal Industrialization with Marine Ecosystem Health organised by Mangalore RC of CMFRI on 25 Sep 2017
CMFRI’s Theeranaipunya project transforms lives of young fisherwomen
The Theeranaipunya project, imparting training for skill enhancement and capacity building implemented by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) with the support of the Society for Assistance to the Fisherwomen (SAF), is helping transforme the lives of fisherwomen youth into a better level.
A model initiative for women empowerment, the CMFRI’s Theeranaipunya project focuses on the cognitive development of young fisherwomen in Ernakulam district helping them achieve better living standard.
Under project, a two-month training programme is offered to the educated unemployed young fisherwomen, along with stipend. It aims to enhance their employability skills and to help them secure suitable jobs.
Under the programme, the participants are given guidance in pursuing higher education by helping them select appropriate programmes of study. In addition, extensive training on profiling, understanding and improving self, aptitude, motivation, personality, interpersonal skills, management strategies and communication is provided to the participants in the programme. Theeranaipunya also focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills among the fisherwomen youth and encouraging them to become entrepreneurs.
The unemployed fisherwomen youth who have an educational qualification of plustwo or above are being selected by the CMFRI along with the SAF to the training programme.
Three batches have successfully completed the training under the programme so far. The third batch of Theerapunya, which concluded recently, had 35 participants. After the class room training in the first month, the participants were offered experiential training in different governmental and non-governmental organisations, hospitals, business enterprises, research institutions and so on based on their need assessment and career planning. Nibisha T M from Munanbam was adjudged as the best trainee of the third batch of Theeranaipunya.
“This capacity building training project is a means of CMFRI’s social commitment towards the fisher community”, said Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI.
Empowerment of fisherwomen
“The coastal belt of Kerala is having highly dense population and most of them are below poverty line. Presently the income earned by the fishermen is insufficient to improve their living condition. There is an urgent need of uplifting their socio-economic conditions by empowering the fisherwomenfolk”, he said.
“Theeranaipunya programme is meant for ensuring better employability to the fisherwomen youth and for making them financially self-reliant. CMFRI is extending further support to the participants to help them placed in better positions even after they completing the two-month training programme”, he added.
The Theeranaipuny programme is led by Dr Shyam S Salim, Principal Scientist at CMFRI. “Most of those who successfully completed the Theeranaipunya training have got better jobs”, he said, adding that a mega event ensuring the participation of the all those who underwent Theeranaipunya training would be organised at the CMFRI in 2020.
The training for the next batch of the Theeranaipunya will commence in January 2018.
Smt.Krishna Raj, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
Hon’ble Smt.Krishna Raj, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited Hatchery facilities and Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 17th September 2017. Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge explained the activities of the centre to Hon’ble Minister. Fishermen interaction meet was also organized by Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Department with Hon’ble Minister of state in connection with deep sea fishing scheme at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. Along with the Hon’ble Minisiter, Shri.V.P.Thandapani, Director of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu, Shri.G.S.Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, Ramanathapuram and Dr.P.Paul Pandian, Fisheries Development Commissioner, DAHF, Govt. of India also visited the Centre.
‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Campaign was inaugurated by Hon’ble Smt.Krishna Raj, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
As a part of the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Hon’ble Smt.Krishna Raj, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Campaign at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 17th September 2017. Along with the staff of the Mandapam Regional Centre, the Hon’ble Minister actively involved in cleaning the office premises. Earlier the Swachhta Shapath was also undertaken. The campaign is planned till 2nd October 2017 by observing activities like cleaning the nearby tourist places, public places and forming human chain to create awareness.
Inspection of Second Sub-Committee of Committee of Parliament on Official Language was successfully coordinated by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
Inspection of Second Sub-Committee of Committee of Parliament on Official Language was conducted for ICAR – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Mandapam Regional Centre; Railway Station, Rameswaram; Sub-Divisional Engineer, BSNL, Rameswaram; CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, Head Post Office, Ramanathapuram on 12th September 2017 at Hyatt Place, Rameswaram.
The inspection committee comprises of Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patsani, MP (Lok Sabha), Convener, Dr. Sunil Baliram Gayakwad, MP (Lok Sabha), Member, Dr. Sathyendra Singh, Senior Research Officer, Sushri. Abhilasha Mishra, Hindi Officer & Smt. Neeraja, Research Assistant.
Dr. P. Praveen, Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, Smt. Seema Chopra, Director (OL), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Pr.Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge, ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam, Shri C. Muralidharan, Chief Administrative Officer, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, Shri Naveen Kumar Yadav, Assistant Director (OL), ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, R.Sreenivasan, Asst. Adm.Officer, ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam, Shri. Manoj Kumar, Asst. Chief Tech. Officer, ICAR, New Delhi, Shri Smt E.K.Uma, Asst.Chief.Tech.Officer, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, & Smt. Priya K.M., Tech Asst (Hindi Translator), ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam participated the inspection representing ICAR-CMFRI. The official language implementation activities of ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam were explained to the committee during the inspection. Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Pr.Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge, ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam along with the staff of Mandapam Regional Centre & officials of other four departments made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the inspection.
The Committee expressed their full satisfaction and happiness in CMFRI Mandapam Centre in achieving levels above the fixed targets in implementing official language.