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Marine ornamental fish for sale

Marine ornamental fish for sale

 

Marine ornamental fish (Amphiprion ocellaris) 1" size is available in CMFRI hatchery, Kochi for sale. Interested parties may contact the Nodal Officer, ICAR Mega Seed Project, CMFRI, Kochi. Contact No. 09895567454.

 

CMFRI achieves success in breeding and seed production of another species of Pompano (Indian Pompano), Trachinotus mookalee at Visakhapatnam.

CMFRI achieves success in breeding and seed production of another species of Pompano (Indian Pompano), Trachinotus mookalee at Visakhapatnam.


Among the many high valued marine tropical finfish that could be farmed in India, the  Indian pompano, Trachinotus mookalee is one of ideal candidate species, mainly due to its good meat quality and high market demand fetching a farmgate price of about Rs. 300 / kg. It is one of the fast growing carangids and occurs along the north-east coast but does not form a major fishery. The species is able to acclimatize and grow well even at a lower salinity of about 15 ppt and hence is suitable for farming in the vast low saline pond waters of our country besides its huge potential for sea cage farming.

At Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI, successful broodstock development, and induced spawning of Indian pompano was achieved for the first time in March, 2014. The larval rearing was successfully completed and seed production was achieved. High growth rate coupled with versatile feeding behavior enhances the culture potential. It can also be cultured with shrimps providing added boost to the mariculture of the country. The species produces about one lakh egg per spawning. Efforts are in progress to develop a huge brood bank base to supply the fertilized eggs / one day old larvae for rearing in the hatcheries for the production of seed at their facility, thus facilitating the large scale culture. It is one of the most highly sought after fish with a farm gate price of about Rs. 300 / kg. Pompano is very rich in omega3 fatty acids (oily fish) and is widely regarded for its health benefits. Studies have indicated the occurrence of 16% omega3 fatty acids in similar species of pompano (T. blochii) earlier bred by CMFRI.    

 

   

An Indian pompano brooder

Newly hatched larvae

   
                                                                                  Metamorphosed fry

CMFRI wins Rajarshi Tandon Award for the 6th time

CMFRI wins Rajarshi Tandon Award for the 6th time 

 

Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI received  the Rajarshi Tandon Award introduced by ICAR for the Excellent Official Language activities for the year 2012-2013 on function organized by ICAR in New Delhi on 28.04.2014.

Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI receiving the Award from Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR in the presence of Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB and Shri Arvind Kaushal, IAS, Additional Secretary (DARE) and Secretary (ICAR)

Harvest of cobia farmed in sea cages by Cobia Fisherman Welfare Association under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Brief report of the harvest of cobia farmed in sea cages by Cobia Fisherman Welfare Association under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Cobia Fisherman Welfare Association, a self help group from Rameswaram took up sea cage farming under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. Ten cages of 6m diameter and 3.5m depth were fabricated and floated by them. All the investments in the fabrication of the cages, the cost of feeds and managing the sea cage farm were borne by the association. A total of 6400 fingerlings of hatchery produced cobia were supplied from Mandapam Regional Centre. The farming was initiated during the middle of November 2013.

On 8th May 2014 the maiden harvest of cobia was conducted. Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram flagged of the harvest. About one tonne of fish was harvested on the day. The length of fish harvest ranged from 48 to 62 cm and weight from 1.0 to 2.3 kg. The farm gate price was Rs.270 / kg.

In the conference hall a meeting was also organized. Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram was the Chief Guest, Dr.M.Karthikeyan, Deputy Director of Fisheries was the Guest of Honour, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division presided over the function. More than 100 fishermen participated the function.

The harvest will be continued in the coming days. The harvest made by the self help group under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI has generated an interest in the fishermen community of the area to initiate sea cage farming of cobia. The district administration and Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department is planning to take steps for establishing a finfish hatchery in the area to meet the demand of fingerlings. Attractive schemes to motivate the fishermen to take up sea cage farming are also being taken up. It is anticipated that the popularization of sea cage farming in the area can reduce the trawl fishing which is the major factor responsible for crossing the IMBL and the associated issues in the area. 

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge and Shri.P.Rajendran, Cobia Association President holding the harvest from the cage at farm site

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS and Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge handing over the harvested cobia to the Cobia Aquaculture Association

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS and Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge handing over the harvested cobia to the Cobia Aquaculture Association

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS lighting the lamp

Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge lighting the lamp

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS giving the Chief Guest address

Harvest of sea cage farmed cobia by fishermen self help group of Marakayarpattinam under technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Brief report of the harvest of sea cage farmed cobia by fishermen self help group of Marakayarpattinam under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

 

Along with the Cobia Fishermen Welfare Association another self help group from Marakayarpattinam also took up sea cage farming under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. Four cages of 6m diameter and 3.5m depth were fabricated and floated by them. All the investments in the fabrication of the cages, the cost of feeds and managing the sea cage farm were borne by the group. In one cage 400 hatchery produced cobia fingerlings of average length 26 cm and weight 118 gms supplied from Mandapam Regional Centre was stocked on 08.01.2014. In second set of three cages 2000 numbers of hatchery produced cobia fingerlings of average length 19.43 cm and weight 37.7 gms were stocked @ around 630 per cage on 10.02.2014 and the farming is being continued.  

On 22nd May 2014 a partial harvest of cobia which was stocked in the first cage was conducted. The length of fish harvested ranged from 47 to 64 cm (57.2 cm) and weight from 0.845 to 1.968 kg (1.4 kg). The duration of farming was 4.5 months. The farm gate price was Rs.290 / kg.

The harvest will be continued in the coming days. In continuation of the harvest of cobia conducted on 8th May by the Cobia Aquaculture Association the present harvest enhanced the confidence level of the fish farmers that commercially viable farming of cobia in sea cages can be done and marketable size fish production can be achieved within about five months. This is evident from the demand of seed by many self help groups who are ready to invest in the sea cage farming of cobia in the region.

Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, scientists and technicians handing over the harvested cobia to the fishermen self help group Marakayarpattinam

Harvested sea cage farmed cobia

Weighing of harvested cobia

Harvest of Cage Farmed Cobia and Inauguration of ‘National Training Programme on Marine Ornamental Fish Breeding and Aquarium Management Techniques’ at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Harvest of Cage Farmed Cobia and Inauguration of ‘National Training Programme on Marine Ornamental Fish Breeding and Aquarium Management Techniques’ at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

 

The harvest of cage farmed cobia as a part of technology demonstration programme was conducted on 28.05.2014 at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. It was flagged off by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI in presence of Dr.K.Eswaran, Principal Scientist, CSMCRI, Shri.Abdul Nazar, President, Marakayapattinam panchayat, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division and scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre. The fingerlings produced in the hatchery were stocked in the cages during the month of September 2013. After about 8 months of farming by feeding with trash fishes the harvested fishes ranged in total length from 71 to 102 cm and in weight from 4.1 to 6.9 kg. A partial harvest of 582 kg was made and the harvest is being continued in subsequent days. The farm gate price was Rs.310 per kg.

A marine reef aquarium and a marine finfish and shellfish seed production centre were also inaugurated on the same day by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI in presence of Dr.K.Eswaran, Principal Scientist, CSMCRI, Shri.Abdul Nazar, President, Marakayapattinam panchayat, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division and scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre.

Subsequently a 10 days National Training Programme on ‘Marine Ornamental Fish Breeding and Aquarium Management Techniques’ was inaugurated by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI. Initially Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division gave outline about the training programme. Dr.K.Eswaran, Principal Scientist, CSMCRI and Shri.Abdul Nazar, President, Marakayapattinam panchayat gave felicitation addresses.

Summer school on Technological Advancements in Seed Production of Marine Finfish and Shellfish

MoU signed between CMFRI and NIO for collaborative research programme on Fisheries and Oceanography

MoU between CMFRI-NIO for collaborative research programme on Fisheries and Oceanography

On 7th July 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi and Dr.S.W.Naqwi, Director, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa for undertaking collaborative research program on “Mud bank” a unique phenomenon observed along southwest coast during monsoon. Mud banks are clam areas when wave action is practically absent when rest of the coastal waters is turbulent with very high waves.  Fishermen consider “Mud banks” as blessings since they can operate country crafts in these calm waters and sustain their livelihood. Dr V. Kripa will be the leader of the project for the CMFRI component.

Reports on mud banks date back to early 18th century and detailed studies were undertaken in nineteen seventies by CMFRI under the leadership of Dr.E.G.Silas, Former Director, CMFRI.  Subsequent to this, targeted studies by individual researchers were conducted on mud banks. Even today, the mystery regarding formation of mud banks remains largely unresolved. During some years the mud banks remain for a long period whereas they form and dissipate very fast in other years. Now to understand the science behind the formation of mud banks and how it affects the resources, a multidisciplinary approach is planned by CMFRI and NIO. The physical and chemical oceanographic aspects will be investigated in detail by NIO while CMFRI will explore the biological aspects.

The signing of MoU was in CMFRI where scientists from both the Institutes participated. Dr Kripa welcomed the delegates from NIO and CMFRI. Dr. S. A. H. Abidi, former Member, ASRB gave a special address on the occasion. Felicitations were offered by chief scientists of NIO Dr. S. Prasnnakumar,  Dr. P.S.Rao, Dr.N.Ramaiah and Dr. P. S. Parameswaran, SIC, RC, Kochi. Dr. K. S. Mohamed and Dr.P.U.Zacharia, Heads of Divisions from CMFRI also welcomed the collaboration and spoke on the occasion. Both the Directors mutually agreed to work jointly for understanding the ocean and its resources and congratulated the efforts made by the scientists who have already started working towards achievement this goal.

The CMFRI, Research Vessel Silver Pompano will be used for the detailed studies of mud banks of Alapuzha, in central Kerala.

Training Program on ‘Image Pearl Production’ held at Vizhinjam RC of CMFRI

 

Report of the Training Program on ‘Image Pearl Production’

From 4th to 8th  August, 2014 at Vizhinjam R.C. of CMFRI

 

As requested by the Department of Fisheries, Govt. Of Kerala (DOF), a five day training programme on  “IMAGE PEARL PRODUCTION”   was jointly organized by Vizhinjam Research Centre of CMFRI and DOF from 4TH TO 8th  August, 2014 at Vizhinjam R.C. OF CMFRI. Fifteen participants (Officials of DOF) nominated by the department of Fisheries were trained on various aspects of marine image pearl production during the training and the program was fully sponsored by the DOF. 

The training programme was started with an   inaugural function in which Smt.  Mini Antony, IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala inaugurated the training by lighting the traditional lamp. The function was presided over by Dr. Rani Mary George, Scientist-in-Charge, Vizhinjam Research Centre of CMFRI. The Director also released the manual for the training programme by giving a copy to Sri. Dr. GPK Achary, Retd Principal Scientist of CMFRI.  Dr. K.K Appukuttan, Retd. Principal scientist and former Head, MFD presented image pearl memento to the chief Guest. 

Training program was successfully concluded with a valedictory function on 8th evening in which certificates were distributed to the trainees by  Dr. M. Laila , Joint Director of Fisheries and DGM, Projects, Matsyafed who  was the Chief guest.

Inaugural address by the Chief Guest Ms. Mini Antony, IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt . of Kerala

Lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest

Release of Training Manual to Dr. G.P.K. Achary

Presidential address Dr. Rani Mary George, SIC

Memento to Chief Guest by Dr. K.K. Appukuttan

Finfish and shellfish culture in cages by a fish farmer: Success story from Rajulalanka, Narsapuram, West Godavari under technical guidance of Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Finfish and shellfish culture in cages by a fish farmer: Success story from Rajulalanka, Narsapuram, West Godavari under the technical guidance of Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Six Galvanized Iron (GI) cages measuring 6 m in diameter and 4 m in depth was installed on river Godavari in Rajulalanka, Narsapuram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh in the month of January using pole mooring. Six cages were stocked with approximately 7200 seabass wild fingerlings ranging in size from 15 to 30 g at the end of February. Two cages were stocked with approximately 4000 mullet wild fry weighing 2 to 3 g during the same period. Subsequently, four cages (including the two cages stocked with mullets and two new cages) were stocked with 2.4 lakh L. vannamei hatchery reared PL 11 during the third week of May.

Seabass were fed with trash fish (Tilapia) @ 6 – 8 % of body weight. The feeding regime followed was: 8% of body weight twice daily during the first two months, 7% of body weight thrice daily during the third and fourth months and 6% of body weight four times a day during the last month. The stocked seabass grew well and reached on an average 649.44±272.40 g and 354.55±45.16 mm after five months at the time of harvest. Their weight ranged from 199 to 499 g and their length ranged from 270 to 485 mm. Survival % during the five month culture duration was 86.32 with 6215 numbers of fish being harvested producing approximately 4 tonnes. The harvested fishes fetched a farmgate price of Rs. 330/kg. The sold fishes were packed in thermocol boxes with ice in 1:1ratio and transported in open vehicles.

Mullets were fed initially once daily with pelleted feed, however subsequently feed was given twice daily, once with pelleted feed and the other with rice bran powder. Mullets reached on an average 250 g after five months of rearing. Survival % recorded for mullets was low with 45. The culture for mullets is in progress.

L. vannamei PL was fed with pelleted feed and they grew to an average 12.6 g (80 counts) after 68 days of culture. Feed tray was checked on an hourly basis and feeding was given on demand. Survival recorded was 66%. The total quantity harvested was around 2 tonnes. Half of the harvested shrimps were sold at a farm gate price of Rs. 243 /kg and the rest was stocked in pond for further culture. 

Awareness Programme on Conservation of Sharks in Indian Seas organized by Mumbai Research Centre of CMFRI

Report of

Awareness Programme on Conservation of sharks in Indian Seas

 

On 08.08.2014, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Mumbai Research Centre had organized “Awareness Programme on Conservation of sharks in Indian Seas” at Satpati, Palghar Taluka & District, Maharashtra. The awareness programme was inaugurated by Shri. Rajendra D. Gavit, Hon'ble Minister of State for Tribal Development, Labour, Command Area Development and Horticulture, Govt. of Maharashtra,  in presence of fishermen leaders  Shri. Narendra R. Patil, Chairman, The Satpati Fishermen Co-Operative Society Ltd., Satpati and Shri. Rajendra S. Meher, Chairman, Satpati Macchimaar Vividh Karyakari Saharkari Sanstha Maryadit, Satpati and Mr. Ravindra Wayada, Assistant Fisheries Commissioner , Dept. of Fisheries, Maharashtra. The programme was presided by Dr. Veerendra Veer Singh, Principal Scientist & Scientist In-Charge, MRC of CMFRI, Mumbai. Dr. G. B. Purushottama, Scientist, MRC of CMFRI, Mumbai & Co-Ordinator of this programme had delivered keynote address on “Conservation of Sharks”. Dr. V. S. Somavanshi, Former Director General, Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai, Shri. S. G. Raje, Former Scientist, CMFRI, Mumbai and Dr. Shoba Joe kizhakudan, Senior Scientist, Madras Research Centre of CMFRI, Chennai also attended the programme as resource persons. Mrs. Anulekshmi Chellappan, and Mrs. Karthireddy Syamala, Scientists and other Technical staffs of MRC of CMFRI, Mumbai also participated to make the program successful.  

 

QRT visit at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI on 04.07.2014

QRT visit at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI on 04.07.2014

The meeting began at 10.00 hrs with the ICAR song. Scientist-in-charge welcomed all the QRT members to Visakhapatnam RC. The QRT comprised of Dr. T. Balasubramanian, Dr. A. D. Diwan, Dr. K. N. Prabhudeva, Dr. Srinivasakumar and Dr. V. Kripa. The welcoming was followed by staff meeting wherein all the scientific, technical, administrative and skilled supporting staffs participated actively and the QRT members expressed their happiness with the positive interactions and the overall ambience and attitude of the staff. Scientist-in-charge made a presentation on the major achievements in the last five years. The presentation was highly appreciated by all. Dr. T. Balasubramanian in his speech highly appreciated the efforts made by this centre for the development of marine fisheries and mariculture of the north-east coast of India. He remarked that the regional centre should be upgraded to “Centre of Excellence in Marine Fisheries and Mariculture for the north-east coast of India”. This proposal was greeted by all and endorsed by other members of QRT. He advised to scientists to have more collaboration with INCOIS in future. He also stressed on the study of estimating the concentration of various metals in the otoliths of finfishes. Dr. A. D. Diwan in his remarks stated that the study on climate change and its impact on fisheries along with development of integrated models were very encouraging and should be continued. He urged the scientists to do extensive research on biodiversity loss. He thanked the scientists for the excellent analysis of data obtained from marine capture fisheries. He was of the opinion that scientists should do more studies on the carbon accumulation in the benthic fauna and bottom sediments. Dr. Srinivasakumar in his speech assured that INCOIS will provide data sets for correlating oceanographic parameters with fish distribution and abundance. He asked the scientists to prepare a policy for cage farming. According to him, if CMFRI could come out with a map of potential cage culture sites, it would be wonderful. He briefed on the new generation super small tags which will be handed over to CMFRI in the next couple of months. Dr. K. N. Prabhudeva expressed his delight at the achievements of the centre in both capture and culture fisheries obtained with such young people. He asked the scientists to continue in future with the same zeal and momentum. He urged the scientists to take up more externally funded projects in future which will provide them with additional fund and manpower. He expressed his happiness at the extension activities currently in vogue. Dr. V. Kripa in her remarks stated that we should adopt ecosystem based approach in future. She also stated that model projects on cage farming should be designed and circulated to all concerned stakeholders. After all deliberations, the QRT members visited the laboratories, the marine hatchery, open sea cage farm, sea water pumping system and the quarter premises and was appraised of all the activities by the Scientist-in-charge.  The review ended at 14.30 hrs. 

Harvest of farmed seabass in the cage set off Kovalam on 16th September 2014

Harvest of farmed seabass in the cage set off Kovalam on 16th September 2014


Hindi Workshop held at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Hindi Workshop held at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

CMFRI bags coveted Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar

CMFRI bags coveted Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar

 

His Excellency President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the prestigious National Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar (2013) to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi for excellent work and commendable achievements in implementation of the Official Language. The Institute bagged the 3rd prize among all the central government organizations. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director received the prize on behalf of CMFRI. Rajbhasha Awards are given by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India every year on Hindi Divas (14th September). This is the third time CMFRI has been conferred the prestigious award during the past four years.

 

International Coastal Cleanup Day observed at Mandapam RC of CMFRI

International Coastal Cleanup Day – 2014

20th September 2014, Saturday

 

The Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has celebrated the International Coastal Cleanup day through a beach cleanup activity at Maraikayarpattinam Beach on 20th September 2014. On the third Saturday of September each year, volunteers around the world take part in the world’s biggest coastal cleanup, known as International Coastal Cleanup Day. A large number of scout students and teachers from Mandapam Kendriya Vidyalaya , staff of CMFRI  and  residents of Maraikayarpattinam panchayat took part in the activity and removed around half ton of plastic wastes viz., carry bags, plastic utensils, nylon ropes etc from one kilometer stretch of the Marakayarpattinam beach.  On this occasion the Scientist in charge of Mandapam CMFRI, Dr. G. Gopakumar, has released a poster and brochure and explained the significance of the day. Marine debris and litter is a cause of concern due to its ill effect on the living fauna and flora.  Coastal Cleanup is one of the largest international volunteer events. The Cleanup gives citizens around the world the opportunity to clean up the anthropogenic pollution of the coast which affects the marine biodiversity and fish production. It also spreads the message to keep the coast free from wastes especially non-biodegradable wastes. In Gulf of Mannar, the event is of special significance due to the richness of coral reef biodiversity. This event was coordinated by Shri. R. Saravanan scientist of this centre.

Dr. G. Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI creating awareness about International Coastal Cleanup Day

Students and teachers of Mandapam Kendriya Vidyalaya, Staff of Mandapam Regional Centre and residents of Maraikayarpattinam village involved in coastal cleaning 

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