Corporate My Stamp and Postal Cover Released to Mark ICAR-CMFRI’s 75 Years of Research Excellence
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary, the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) has unveiled a commemorative Corporate My Stamp and special postal cover, signifying the institute's rich legacy and contributions to the field of India’s marine fisheries research and development.Shri. Sayeed Rashid, IPoS, Postmaster General, Kochi officially released the stamp and cover by handing over them to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI on 21st November 2023.
In the special release, 5000 sheets of stamps, each containing 12 stamps, have been made available, making them a prized collectible for philatelists and marine enthusiasts. The stamp's design encapsulates CMFRI's dedication to marine research, bearing the inscription ‘75 Years of Research Excellence’ alongside the institute's logo and the image of CMFRI headquarters in Kochi.From a humble beginning in 1947, the institute has emerged as a leading tropical marine fisheries and mariculture research hub in the world. Presently, CMFRI has 11 Regional Research Centres all along the peninsular coast of the country at Mandapam, Visakhapatnam, Veraval, Mumbai, Chennai, Calicut, Karwar, Tuticorin, Vizhinjam, Mangalore and Digha, along with 17 Field Centres and two Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) under its wings.Speaking on the occasion, CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan said: "This is a proud moment for CMFRI. It is a testament to the institute's unwavering commitment to advancing marine fisheries and mariculture research and development for the socio-economic betterment of the coastal communities."
Over the years, serving as a leading institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), CMFRI has made significant contributions to marine fisheries research, helping to sustain marine fish production and management of the sector in the Indian Ocean region and augmenting the livelihood of close to 40 lakh fisherfolk in India, he said. The unveiling ceremony was attended by senior officials and scientists, including Senior Superintendent of Post Offices Sivadasan P K, CMFRI Chief Administrative Officer Hareesh Nair, Comptroller Prashant Kumar, Mariculture Division Head Dr V V R Suresh, Dr Prathibha Rohit, Dr Boby Ignatius, Dr Rekha J Nair, Dr Geetha Sasikumar, Dr Miriam Paul Sreeram, Dr Eldho Varghese and C Jayakanthan.
Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying unveils ICAR CMFRIs study on Marine Fish Stock Status of India 2022
Shri Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has unveiled a remarkable study report by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) on 31st August 2023 during the ‘Sagar Parikrama phase VIII at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.The report titled ‘Marine Fish Stock Status of India 2022’ reveals that India’s marine fish stock is healthy and sustainable. According to the study, a resounding 91.1% of the 135 fish stocks assessed in 2022 were deemed healthy, marking a significant milestone in India's efforts to maintain the sustainability of its marine fisheries. The report also highlighted the substantial reduction in unsustainable practices, with just 4.4% of the stocks facing overfishing.These findings are poised to substantiate India's position at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and are anticipated to have a favourable impact on the country's stance in international trade negotiations. This report is also expected to be a game-changer in India’s seafood exports as sustainability has emerged as a key criterion in the global seafood trade. Minister Shri. Rupala also released ICAR-CMFRI’s special publication titled ‘Good Management Practices in Seaweed Farming’ on the occasion. ICAR-CMFRI has identified 333 prospective seaweed farming sites covering 23,950 hectares, aimed at horizontal expansion of seaweed cultivation. India has a seaweed production potential of 9.88 million t wet weight per year while the current production stands at merely 52,107 t wet weight per year. Seaweed farming has the potential to provide revenue up to Rs. 13.28 lakhs per hectare in a year on a dry weight basis.
On the previous day, 30th August 2023, Union Minister Shri. Prashottam Rupala visited the Vizhinjam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, Vizhinjam, Kerala. Addressing the gathering at the Centre, the Minister emphasised that offshore cage farming is the immediate focus of the country using bigger cages. “Cage fish farming is to be expanded to the offshore waters with better cage designs having a size of 30 diameters or above that can accommodate lakhs of juveniles”, Shri Rupala said. He added that ICAR-CMFRI should spearhead research and development efforts in creating these advanced cages. The Minister also urged ICAR-CMFRI to expand seed production technologies for finfishes to all the coastal states utilising the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. Shri Parshottam Rupala also underscored the untapped potential of Pearl Oyster production, urging ICAR-CMFRI to take a proactive role in scaling up its production in a bigger way. Dr L Murugan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Shri. V Muraleedharan, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs accompanied Shri Parshottam Rupala.