Training Programme on Molecular and Microbiological Techniques- Basics and Beyond
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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
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.
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.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee year celebrations of ICAR-CMFRI, the Mangalore Research Centre organized a National workshop on ‘Harmonizing coastal industrialization with marine ecosystem health’ (HCIMEH, 2017) at Mangalore on the 25th of September, 2017. The workshop set the stage for major industries/ organizations located along the Karnataka Coast to present their activities aimed at promoting sustainability with the industrial developments in the coastal area. This also provided an opportunity for discussing the issues and concerns with the researchers and for adopting measures to conserve the marine ecosystem health.
The Chief Guest of the programme, Dr. K.G. Jagadeesha, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada District, inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp, in the presence of Shri. N. Vasudevan, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Maharashtra Mangrove Cell, and Dr. P. Pravin, Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. Prathibha Rohit, Scientist-in-Charge, MRC of ICAR-CMFRI, Mangaluru presided over the function.
The bilingual policy document “Management plans for the marine fisheries of Karnataka” detailing the advisories for sustainable management of marine fisheries of Karnataka and the souvenir ‘S?marasya’, was released on this occasion.
The inaugural programme was followed by technical sessions in which departments associated with the coastal development (Maharashtra Mangrove Cell, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Mangalore City Corporation, Department of Karnataka State Fisheries) and major industries (MRPL, KIOCL, IFAFEA) presented their efforts in promoting sustainable development of the coastal area including marine ecosystem health. The technical session was followed by panel discussion which was moderated by Dr. P. Pravin, ADG (Mar. Fy.) ICAR, New Delhi. The other members of the panel included Shri.Y.K.Dinesh (CRZ), Dr. C.K. Murthy (DOF), Shri. Jayprakash S.Nayak (KSPCB). Representatives from industries, government organizations and research institutes actively deliberated during the discussion.
Senior officials from Department of fisheries, Karnataka, Department of forest, KSPCB, CRZ, AFSIB, KFDC, MCC, MRPL, KIOCL, College of Fisheries, Mangaluru and Companies actively participated and interacted in the workshop.
In order to create awareness among the public about the ongoing Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, a human chain was formed in Kochi on 25th September 2017 by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Around 200 staff members of the Institute, including Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, joined the event. Placards signifying the importance of keeping the public place clean were also carried.
As part of the Swachhata Hi Seva activities, the CMFRI staff members engaged with cleaning premises of CMFRI and other public places, including Mangalavanam and Abraham Madamackal Road. A cleanliness pledge was also taken. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI attended.
CMFRI Wins National Swachh Bharat Award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has won national Swachh Bharat award in recognition of CMFRI’s success implementation of swachh bharat activities across the country by introducing innovative methods last year. The CMFRI grabbed the second prize in national level among the institutes functioning under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ISSWC) in Dehradun got the first prize in the category.
Swachhata Action Plan
During the previous year, CMFRI had formulated a swachhata action plan in public-private partnership which included treatment of wastes, usage of eco-friendly technologies, awareness in health and yoga, ensuring public participation in cleanliness drives, campaigns against plastic usage, measures for water conservation and awareness on plastic wastes in coastal water bodies etc.
Recognition for ‘Fish Cemetery’
Moreover, the setting up of ‘Fish Cemetery’, an art installation to create awareness about the danger of dumping plastic wastes into sea, helped CMFRI to win the prestigious award considering it as an innovative method.
In addition, CMFRI had launched cleanliness drive in the premises of major fishing harbours and the beaches across the country by ensuring public participation. Besides the Kochi centre, the cleanliness drive was carried out by all regional research centres of the CMFRI located in various parts of the country, viz Veraval, Mumbai, Karwar, Visakhapatnam, Mandapam, Tuticorin, Chennai, Mangalore, Calicut and Vizhinjam.
Dr Shyam S Salim, Principal Scientist, is the swachh bharat nodal officer of CMFRI. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI will receive the award at a function to be held in New Delhi next month.
Indo-German Workshop on Use of CMSY in Indian Waters
An Indo-German training workshop on the use of Catch Maximum Sustainable Yield (CMSY) in Indian waters was held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 5th and 6th October 2017. The workshop was jointly organised by the CMFRI and the G.I.Z., a German government agency, as a part of the Indo-German project to impart training on new approaches to estimate the CMSY for the assessment of Indian fish stocks in cases of data-poor environment.
The experts who spoke at the workshop felt that there was a mechanism to resolve data deficiency while assessing marine fish stocks in Indian waters. Dr Michael Vakily, Programme Director of G.I.Z. said there were global databases relevant to fish stock assessment which could be utilised by Asian scientists.
Dr M.L.D. Palomares, Senior Scientist at the University of British Colombia, Canada invoked the support of Asian scientists in improving the data structure of databases such as FishBase and SeaLIfeBase which would be useful in delivering the CMSY through the new methods.
According to T V Satyanandan, Head of Fishery Resources Assessment Division of CMFRI nearly 700 species of fish are being caught from Indian coastal waters on an average yearly. “However, detailed information necessary for fish stock assessment are usually not available for all the species”, he said adding that the workshop was useful to be familiar with the successful new models for application in data-poor situations.
Dr R Froese, Senior Scientist, Centre of Ocean Research, Germany and Crispina Binohlan, Research Associate, FishBase, Philippines were the other major resource persons in the workshop. The programme was coordinated by the Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the CMFRI.
Apart from the scientists from the CMFRI, the officials from Bangladesh and representatives from the Bay of Bengal Programme also attended the training-cum-workshop.
Workshop on Next Generation Sequencing and its Applications in Fisheries & Agricultural Sciences for beginners
Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI Provides Hands-on Training on Microalgal Culture to PG Students
As part of the ongoing Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the ICAR–Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Tuticorin Research Centre (TRC) of the Institute organised a one-day training programme on ‘marine microalgal culture’ to the post-graduate college students of biological science stream in Tuticorin on 10th October 2017.
Shri. V. P. Nema, General Manager, Heavy Water Plant, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Tuticorin inaugurated the function. He appreciated the efforts made by ICAR-CMFRI to make students aware about the techniques of marine microalgal culture and its various applications.
The participants got the opportunity to understand the importance of microalgal culture for hatchery operations and its utilities in different fields. During the technical sessions, experts pointed out that algae have recently received a lot of attention for its enormous uses, a new biomass source for the production of renewable energy, production of food, fertilizer, bioplastics, dyes and colorants, chemical feed stock, pharmaceuticals, and can also be used as a means of pollution control. According to them, phytoplankton or microalgae are photosynthetic organisms provide basic food to all the zooplankton and larval forms of crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms and fin fishes. Earlier marine micro algal studies were focused mainly for providing suitable food to the hatchery systems.
This training involved series of lectures followed by hands on techniques of microalgal isolation, observation, identification, quantification, nutrient preparation for microalgal culture and stock/ mass culture maintenance. Dr. C. P. Suja, Senior Scientist, Shri. C. Kalidas and Shri. D. Linga Prabu Scientists of the Centre led various sessions. The training programme was attended by 21 post graduate students and two faculties of zoology and microbiology.
On the occasion, a brochure on the micro algal culture was released. Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, Tuticorin Research Centre, ICAR-CMFRI welcomed the gathering. Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist felicitated the programme.
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