Amid the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic, the institute has strived to carry out its various mandated activities. It is indeed satisfying that mariculture programmes provided livelihood avenues to the fishermen community even amidst the pandemic. Several outreach activities and awareness programmes about the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana and allied fisheries development related schemes were carried out at various centres. With breakthrough in breeding of Picnic seabream, there is scope for a diversified mariculture species basket. The Marine Mammal Watch programme was launched and marine cage farming demonstration in new locations were set up. We can sincerely hope that these initiatives will serve the cause of marine fisheries sustenance and development.
With best wishes.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan