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Webinar on The Invasive mussel Mytella strigata: Impacts on fisheries and farming

Webinar - The Invasive mussel Mytella strigata: Impacts on fisheries and farming

A new alien species of mussel, the American brackish-water mussel Mytella strigata that are native to Central and South America has established recently in backwaters of Kerala, blocking nets in fish or cage farms. This species was recently reported from the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, where its population has expanded exponentially in the last two years. The species has recently become widespread in parts of Ashtamudi, Kayamkulam and Vembanad Lakes with densities reaching 1232 per m2 in Ashtamudi Lake.  It is a potential threat to lucrative bivalve aquaculture as they could out-compete native mussels. Mytilids typically have a high fecundity, rapid growth rate, are filter feeders and are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, all attributes that make them ideal for aquaculture. However, these features also make them potential invasive species. Mytella strigata clearly fits into this category.  

It is the first time these mussels have been reported in the Indian waters. It is not clear how exactly these mussels arrived in Indian waters, they could have come via ballast water in ships berthing at Cochin Harbour. 

In the light of the above, Molluscan Fisheries Division of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) is organizing a webinar on “The Invasive mussel Mytella strigata: Impacts on fisheries and farming” for creating awareness among the stakeholders regarding the invasive mussel and its impacts on the fisheries as well as farming activities. This is scheduled to be held on 13, October 2020 from 10:00 AM onwards through Video conferencing.  


Advisory support to fish farmers during Lockdown due to COVID-19

Scientists  available to provide guidance over phone/mail/ Whattsapp, to the fish farmers during Lockdown due to COVID-19.

Sl.No

Name

Designation

Subject

Mob. Number

Email

1

Dr Vinod, K

Principal Scientist

Ecosystem health/ Biodiversity conservation

9496475596

 

vinod_kavungal@yahoo.co.in

2

Dr Shilta, M. T

Scientist

Cage culture

8075389216

Shiltathomas@gmail.com

3

Dr P.K.Asokan

Principal Scientist

Bivalve farming

9447137278

 asokanpk@gmail.com

4

Dr. Ritesh Ranjan

Scientist

Mariculture

9494436445

rranjanfishco@gmail.com

5

Dr. Santhosh B

Principal Scientist

Mariculture

9446572288

santhoshars@gmail.com

6

Shri. Ambarish

Scientist

Mariculture

9847553047

gopidas.ambarish@gmail.com

7

Dr. Rengarajan  Jayakumar

Principal Scientist

Marine fish farming

9489036516

jayakumar.cmfri@gmail.com

8

Dr. K.K. Anikuttan

Scientist

Marine fish farming

9751865267

dranikuttan@gmail.com

9

Dr. G. Tamilmani

Senior Scientist

Marine Fish Breeding

9486221352

drtamilmani@gmail.com

10

Dr. M. Sakthivel

Senior Scientist

Sea cage farming

9488266503

sakthicares@gmail.com

11

Dr. P. Ramesh Kumar

Scientist

Fish Health

9659384485

prkvet@gmail.com

12

Dr.Shinoj Subramannian

Senior Scientist/SIC KVK of CMFRI Ernakulam

Krishi Vigyan Kendra of CMFRI, Ernakulam

9496303457

kvkernakulam@yahoo.co.in

13

Dr.Vikas PA

Subject Matter Specialist,  KVK of CMFRI Ernakulam

Fisheries

9447993980

vikaspattathh@gmail.com



 

 

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

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.

Certificate

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.


Citation


Name of ICAR-CMFRI appearing in the ICAR Foundation Day Award Ceremony Presentation on 16 July 2020


CMFRI Marine Fisheries Policy Series Streamlining the Supply Chain of Marine Fish in Kerala: COVID-19 and Beyond, released by Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon. Minister of Fisheries, Kerala

The CMFRI Marine Fisheries Policy Series No. 18/2020, entitled Streamlining the Supply Chain of Marine Fish in Kerala: COVID-19 and Beyond was released by Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon. Minister of Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry, Government of Kerala on 4/08/2020 at Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI joined the release function through a web-platform. Sri. M.G. Rajamanickam IAS, Director, Fisheries, Government of Kerala, Mr. K.M. Alias, Asst. Private Secterary, Ministry of Fisheries, Government of Kerala and Scientists from ICAR-CMFRI and ICAR-CIFT, Dr. C. Ramachandran, Dr. J. Jayasankar, Dr. A. Suresh and Dr. P. Shinoj were present on the occasion.