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Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav ICAR CMFRI National Campaign envisages prospects of non conventional aquaculture systems in India

  Azadi Ka AmritMahotsav  ICAR-CMFRI National Campaign Envisages Prospects OfNon-Conventional Aquaculture Systems In India

Aspart of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised aNational Campaign on ‘Non-conventional Aquaculture Systems’ on 27thJuly 2022 in virtual mode.Speaking on the occasion, Dr A Gopalakrishnan,Director of ICAR-CMFRI stated that the Institute has done georeferencing of 342suitable farming sites for seaweed cultivation in the country sprawling over24167 ha with a production potential of 9.7 million tonnes (wet weight) peryear. The meeting observed that the Central Government is in favour of boostingseaweed production by earmarking Rs. 640 crore exclusively to promote seaweedculture with a targeted production of more than 11.2 lakh tonnes by 2025, inthe PradhanMantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).Dr Gopalakrishnan further said that the ICAR-CMFRIhas successfully standardised the practice of Integrated Multi-trophicAquaculture (IMTA) which enables cage farming or bivalve farming along withseaweed farming in coastal waters. This technology will help popularise andboost seaweed farming across the coastal states.Referring to its environmentalbenefits, Director, ICAR-CMFRI said that seaweed farming can earn carbon creditsin many ways and cited the example of replacing fodder with the value-addedproducts of the plants to reduce methane emission from cattle to great extent. 


Mr. Abhiram Seth,Managing Director of AquAagri Processing said that deep sea areas should beidentified to increase production. Emphasising the need for a large quantity ofplanting material for the large-scale expansion of seaweed farming, Mr. Sethexpressed an interest in collaborating with ICAR-CMFRI for commercial-levelmicro-propagation-based seaweed seed production.The meet also highlighted theimportance of bivalve farming, another non-conventional aquaculture practice.More than 6000 women self-help groups are engaging with bivalve farming underthe guidance of the ICAR-CMFRI.Dr Brien Roberts,Aquaculture Research Scientist from Australia, and Arun Aloysius, CuratorialSupervisor of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo also delivered lectures at theevent.  Dr P Laxmilatha, Head of ShelfishFisheries Division of ICAR-CMFRI and Dr V V R Suresh, Head of MaricultureDivision also spoke on the occasion. 


ICAR-ICMFRI turns 75; launches year-long anniversary celebration campaign

ICAR-ICMFRI Turns 75; Launches Year-Long Anniversary Celebration Campaign

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) turned 75 years on 3rd February 2022.  On the occasion, the institute kick-started one-year-long campaign that includes various activities to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations.Established in 1947, the ICAR-CMFRI has been playing a pivotal role in stewarding India’s marine fishery resources since its inception. Over the past seven and half decades, the CMFRI which joined the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1967, has grown significantly in size and stature emerging as a leading tropical marine fisheries research hub in the world. 


During the foundation day celebration, Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General of the ICAR was the chief guest. He urged the CMFRI scientists to prioritise their focus of research in accordance with the urgent need of the society and the nation. “The Central Government is focusing on strengthening mariculture based alternative livelihood options like seaweed farming, marine ornamental fish culture etc. This would offer better livelihood option to the coastal communities and thereby supporting the country’s economy”, he said.Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said that the institute broadened its objectives by diversifying towards potentially rewarding arenas such as mariculture, genetic and biotechnological applications. Keeping tab of the changes in the sector, research on climate change and bioprospecting will also be strengthened, he said.

Elaborating on the future plan of the institute, Dr Gopalakrishnan further said: “Given that mariculture is going to be a game changer in ensuring future fish production and also in providing income and employment security for coastal fishers, the ICAR-CMFRI will focus on precision mariculture with the aid of smart tools and automation with Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. Apart from this, a number of emerging areas of importance include marine environment management, marine biodiversity research, marine spatial planning, species identification and description, marine pollution research, fish disease diagnosis and control, resource monitoring and assessment, socioeconomics and so on, he added.

The logo for the year-long celebration was unveiled on the occasion. A theme song also was released.                         


Awareness programme on jellyfish sting management for seaweed cultivators at Sambai, Rameswaram under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Initiative

Awareness programme on jellyfish sting management for seaweed cultivators at Sambai, Rameswaram under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Initiative

On July 14, 2022, an awareness programme on jellyfish sting management at Sambai fishing village, Rameswaram, was organised for seaweed farmers as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative of the Government of India. The programme was presided over by Dr. G. Tamilmani, Head in Charge of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, and he distributed the "Jellysafe" first aid kit to fisherwomen. Dr. R. Saravanan, Senior Scientist, explained about the different jellyfish found in Palk Bay and the jellyfish sting management using the first aid kit "JellySafe." Nearly 46 fisherwomen who are involved in seaweed cultivation attended the programme. The ward councillor, Ms. Thillai Pushpam, and village seaweed cultivator group leaders, Mr. M. Murugesan and Ms. Murugeswari facilitated the event. This awareness programme was organised under the ongoing in-house project on jellyfish bloom dynamics in India's coastal and marine ecosystems (MB/JBD/32).