NFDB Chief Executive Dr C Suvarna visits Mandapam RC of ICAR-CMFRI
Dr. C. Suvarna, IFS, Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 05th February 2021 and reviewed the NFDB funded projects. She also interacted with sea cage farmers, seaweed farmers and marine ornamental fish seed rearing SHGs of Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu.
She visited the facilities such as marine finfish hatchery, marine ornamental fish seed production unit, marine reef aquarium, NFDB funded National Marine Fish Brood Bank and RAS of the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. She also visited the sea cage farming sites and observed the farming activities supported by the centre and NFDB. She also witnessed the fabrication process of HDPE cages under the NFDB funded sea cage farming demonstration programme. Dr Suvarna participated in the sea ranching of the Green tiger shrimp (Penaeussemissulcatus) seeds in the Gulf of Mannar.
continuation, an interactive meeting with farmers was organized at conference
hall of the centre. Dr. R. Jayakumar,
Principal Scientist delivered the welcome address and briefly explained the activities
of the centre and progress made in the NFDB funded projects for promoting
mariculture as an additional livelihood option for the fishers. The Chief Executive of NFDB interacted with sea
cage farmers, seaweed farmers and marine ornamental fish seed rearing SHGs and
appreciated the efforts made by the centre. Dr. A.K. Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist, Madras Regional station of
ICAR-CMFRI proposed the vote of thanks. Later Dr Suvarna visited
Munaikadu village in Palk Bayto observe the seaweed farming, sea cage farming
and Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)activities and interacted with
progressive fisherwomen farmers involved in these activities.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.
This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.