Winter School on Recent Advances in Fishery Biology Techniques for Biodiversity Evaluation and Conservation
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ICAR Short Course on Application of Advanced Molecular Methods in Marine Fishery Resource Management, Conservation and Sustainable Mariculture
ea Cage and Seaweed Farmers Interaction Meet along coastal villages of Thoothukudi” held at ICAR-Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI
ICAR-Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI organised a one day interactive meet on “Sea Cage and Seaweed Farmers” along the coastal villages of Thoothukudi District on the Climate Resilient Farming practices at ICAR-Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI on 31st August 2018. Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge of ICAR-TRC of CMFRI welcomed Shri. Amal Xavier, Joint Director of Fisheries, Thoothukudi District, the sea cage and seaweed farmers from different coastal villages of Thoothukudi District and also the staff of ICAR-TRC of CMFRI, Thoothukudi. In his welcome address, he told about the 70 years of research saga of ICAR-Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI in various fields of marine capture fisheries and mariculture highlighting the pearl culture and farming, other molluscan mariculture and seed production practices, underwater exploration studies, fishery environment and marine biodiversity and biotechnology studies. He also highlighted the recent sea cage farming, GI cage fabrication, cage culture of Cobia, Pompano, sea bass, lobster, pearl oysters and seaweeds from different coastal villages of Thoothukudi District under the technical guidance of ICAR-TRC of CMFRI, Thoothukudi. He congragulated the award winning Best farmers Mr.R.Rexon for Sea Cage farming and Mr. Murugan for Seaweed Farming of Thoothukudi District in Krishi Mela-2018 organised by ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore on 26th August, 2018.
Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, ICAR-TRC of CMFRI, Tuticorin explained about the purpose of the interactive meeting and told about the expertise available in various sea farming practices. Shri. Amal Xavier, Joint Director of Fisheries, Thoothukudi District, felicitated the progressive Sea Cage and Seaweed farmers. In his address, he pointed out the technical support and scientific guidance from ICAR-TRC of CMFRI on Sea cage culture on Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), cage construction, Deployment and cage farming of Cobia, Pompano, Sea bass, lobsters etc., under FIMSUL, NADP and NFDB projects of State Fisheries Department, Tamil Nadu state and he also informed about the available subsidies for the seaweed mariculture on Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) practices.
In the Interactive section a total of 25 numbers of fish farmers representing cage culture farmers, seaweed culture farmers, marine ornamental culture farmers and crab culture farmers from 7 villages of Thoothukudi districts participated and involved in an active discussion with the scientist of ICAR-CMFRI Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. Asha, P.S., Principal scientist, Dr.C.P.Suja, Principal scientist, Shri.C.Kalidas, Scientist Dr. L. Ranjith, Scientist, Shri. Linga Prabhu, Scientist and Smt.M.Kavitha, Scientist. The fish farmers were enlightened with the need of the integrated mode of multitrophic aquaculture and frequent intreration with farmers and the scientific communities. The programme was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. C. Kalidas, Scientist, ICAR-CMFRI, Tuticorin.
Shri. Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, Special Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR, New Delhi visited Madras Research Centre of CMFRI on 01.09.2018. The Secretary visited the facilities in the Research Centre and interacted with all scientists and staff regarding the research programmes. He expressed his happiness over the research programmes of the Centre and wished all success to the scientists and staff of the Centre.
CMFRI Launches NFDB-funded Cage Farming Project in Kerala
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has kick-started a major project that would implement 500 cage fish farming units in Kerala. Supported by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) in Hyderabad, the project envisions subsidy and technical support to the farmers to conduct cage fish farming across the coastal districts in the state. According to the programme, 40% of the total expense will be given as subsidy to the farmers who can conduct farming individually or in groups. Women and those from the SC/ST category will get 60% subsidy.
The project was formally launched in Nettoor in Ernakulam district by stocking 1500 and 500 each fingerling of seabass and pearl spot respectively into four cages. Sree Badra Kudumbasree unit comprising 10 members is carrying out the farming in Nettoor.
CMFRI would be implementing 1000 cage fish farming units in Kerala and Karnataka with the financial support of the NFDB, CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan said during the launch of the project. “The programme is aimed at improving the living standards of those living in the coastal regions of the state, besides ensuring the availability of quality and fresh fish across the state”, he said.
“Cage fish farming units will be set up in the coastal regions in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kollam, Kannur, Malappuram and Kozhikode in coming days. Species such as sea bass, pearl spot, cobia, pompano and red snapper will be selected for the farming accordingly”, he said.
Maradu Municipality Chairperson Sunila Sibi inaugurated the event. Dr Imelda Joseph, Mariculture Division Head of CMFRI and Ajitha Kumar, Ward Councillor spoke on the occasion.
The CMFRI team selected the farmers among the applications received after reviewing the spot and various conditions of the water resources.
Training to fishermen
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) will provide training in cage fish farming to the fishermen who have registered with Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Board. The training is for 100 fishermen in two batches from September 24 to 29 at CMFRI. The training will cover the areas such as cage fabrication, site selection, seed selection, feed management, harvest, etc. For registration, contact Mariculture Division of the CMFRI. Phone 0484 2394867.
CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan and Mariculture Division Head Dr Imelda Joseph Receive Rajbhasha Award for Best Article in Hindi
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Dr Imelda Joseph, Head of Mariculture division of the institute received the Rajbhasha Gaurav award instituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the best articles in Hindi. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu presented the award at function held in New Delhi in the presence of Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh.
The article titled ‘mariculture technologies for doubling of income of fishermen’, which was jointly authored by Dr Imelda Joseph and Dr A Gopalakrishnan, won the second prize in all India level. The article was originally published in ‘Matsyagandha’, an in-house Hindi magazine of the CMFRI.
Awareness Workshop on Conservation of Elasmobranchs held at Tuticorin Research Centre
The Tuticorin Research Centre of the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a one-day awareness programme on “Conservation of Elasmobranchs with emphasis on the protected species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listed species” to the active coastal fishermen from different coastal fishing villages Thoothukudi District and nearby areas. Shri. Vimal Raj, Forest Ranger, Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu State Forest Department inaugurated the function. He highlighted various infringement and punishments for the capture and trade of such species listed under protection laws. Mrs. Anju, Assistant Director, Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Regional Office, Thoothukudi felicitated the function and narrated the export oriented information on banned Elasmobranchs. A series of lectures were given by the Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists on field level identification keys and with emphasis on the protected species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listed species highlighting conservation of Elasmobranchs. Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist explained the outline of the programme.
The participants were given with colour charts of protected Elasmobranchs listed under Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 to enable them identify and release of the protected Elasmobranchs entangled or captured in their fishing nets accidentally. Fishermen’s views on the species listed under IWPA and CITES were noted for future course of action. The training programme was co-ordinated by Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists. The awareness workshop was attended by 40 fisher fork form 8 different coastal fishing villages Thoothukudi District and nearby areas.
A series of lectures (in Tamil) on field level identification keys and with emphasis on the protected species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listed species highlighting conservation of Elasmobranchs were given by the Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists of this centre to the fisher folks. The participants were given with colour charts of protected Elasmobranchs listed under Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for enable them to identify and release of the protected Elasmobranchs entangled or captured in their fishing nets accidentally. A discussion session on fishers view on the species listed under IWPA and CITES was also conducted and the points raised by fishers were noted for future course of action. The training program was co-ordinated by Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists. The awareness workshop was attended by 40 fisher fork form 8 different coastal fishing villages Thoothukudi District and nearby areas. The program ends with the vote of thanks by Shri. D. Linga Prabu, Scientist. The program was widely covered in print media.
Expression of Interest For Technology Transfer for Seed Production of Marine Fin Fish (Orange spotted grouper and Indian pompano)
Hands on training on Fish Ageing Using Hard Parts at CMFRI, Kochi during 2-11 Jan 2019
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Draft National Policy on Mariculture is uploaded for wider circulation among the stakeholders and general public. Comments on the draft policy may be recorded in the input sheet and sent to National Fisheries development Board (NFDB) through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The policy document is open for comments till 31.10.2018.
CMFRI sets up unit to manage laboratory glass wastes
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has come up with a new initiative for laboratory waste management this time. The Institute set up a glass crushing unit that will manage the recycling of refuse glass bottles used in laboratories by pulverizing them into the sand-like granules, which could be used for construction works.
The unit, which was designed by Anoop Augustin of the Estate and Maintenance Cell of the CMFRI, is part of the Swachha Bharat programme of the Institute. A one-litre glass bottle could be crushed into tiny shreds within two seconds at the unit, which requires 6-unit electricity per hour operation. Besides laboratory glass bottles, all refuse glass materials, including tube lights, could be recycled in the same way using the facility.
CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan, who inaugurated the functioning of the glass crushing unit, said laboratories could be kept environment-friendly through the proper management of recycling the glass bottles in the lab after use. “Laboratories use a lot of glass bottles to store chemicals, but those bottles are accumulated as non-gradable wastes in the lab or its premises after use. The glass crushing unit will be of great help to convert all these wastes into recycled material for further use in other purposes”, he said.
As part of its swachhata mission, CMFRI organised cleaning drives besides conducting various awareness programmes. The awareness programmes included human chain, painting exhibition and bike rally.
Chief Administrative Officer C Muralidharan, Dr Shyam S Salim, Dr EM Abdussamad, Dr VP Vipinkumar, A Padmanabhan and Joseph Mathew attended among others during the launch of the glass crushing unit.
ICAR-CMFRI celebrates Mahila Kisan Divas
ICAR-the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) celebrated the Mahila Kisan Divas in a befitting manner at the Headquarters on 15th October 2018. The programmes included experience-sharing meet, panel discussion, health awareness lecture and painting competition.
The programme was inaugurated with the opening talk of Dr. K.K. Joshi, Director I/C and Head of the Marine Biodiversity Division. Dr. C.Ramachandran, Head I/C, SEETTD gave the introductory remarks on the importance of the day. A total of 75 women participated in the event.
Adventurous as well as inspiring life sketches of Rekha Karthikeyan, the first fisherwoman of India, dominated the experience-sharing meet of women farmers and entrepreneurs in fisheries sector. Thrilling anecdotes about Rekha’s battle against giant waves and the taboos in connection with Rekha’s venturing into the sea for a livelihood helped the audience at the ICAR- CMFRI understand the real meaning of women empowerment. As many as 15 women representing various fields in the fisheries sector shared their experience and vision at the experience-sharing meet.
Apart from Rekha Karthikeyan, the fisherwomen/farmers/entrepreneurs who shared the experience included, Ambika Unni- atroplus cage farming, Smija T.M- Kalanchi cage farming, Praseela Shaji- Oyster farming, Sarala – Mussel farming, Asha- Chinese dip net, Maheswari- Fish fertilizer, Mary- Fish amino acid, Vimala Prahladan- Clam processing, Elizabeth- Fish marketing, Jincy- Dry fish unit, Lathikamani- Aqua-tourism, Sumangala- Seafood kitchen, Umayamma- Aquaponics, Dhanya- Ornamental fish culture and Sreeji Babu- Integrated farming. After the experience sharing session women farmers/ entrepreneurs were presented mementos as a token of love appreciation from CMFRI.
A panel discussion was also conducted on the occasion to discuss the various issues being faced by the fisher women in various phases of the fisheries and related activities. Experts shared the new techniques and knowledge related to mariculture, cage fish farming, bivalve farming and related activities. Dr V Kripa, Principal Scientist and Head, Fishery Environment Management division, Dr Shoji Joseph, Principal Scientist, Dr Rema Madhu, Principal Scientist and Dr N Aswathy, Senior Scientst were the panelists.
A talk on health issues in women was delivered by Dr Vinita Murali, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. In addition, a painting competition for Fisheries VHSC girl students on the topic ‘women empowerment in fisheries sector’ was held on the occasion. Winners of the competitions were awarded with certificates and mementos.
The programme was organized by Socio Economic Evaluation and Technology Transfer Division in collaboration with the ATIC (Agriculture Technology Information Center) being coordinated by Dr Vipin Kumar, Principal Scientist.