Digha Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI conducts awareness programme on “Conservation of Elasmobranchs”
Digha Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI organised one-day awareness programme on “Conservation of Elasmobranchs” with special emphasis on the protected species in the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA), 1972 under the in-house project “Developing Management plans for Sustainable Exploitation and Conservation of Elasmobranchs in India (DEM/ELS/11) on 21st April 2022 to the students from School of Fisheries, Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Odisha. Dr. Subal Kumar Roul, Scientist and SIC of Digha Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI, welcomed the gatherings and gave a brief presentation. In his presentation, Dr. Roul narrated about the catch trend, diversity of elasmobranchs on the northeast coast of India and the key for field-level species identification. He further explained that elasmobranchs have a great role in the marine ecosystem by serving as an important ecological function in marine food webs, indicators of a healthy ecosystem, significant socio-economic value to humans, and important food source for many coastal communities, but are highly susceptible to overexploitation due to their typical biological characteristics. He detailed about the elasmobranchs species listed in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 in the Schedule I, Part IIA Fishes. He also pointed out the significant population declines and their local extinctions due to high fishing pressure and habitat loss, and many protected elasmobranchs are still caught as bycatch. Finally, he emphasized the immediate need for conservation of elasmobranchs especially the protected species and effort taken by ICAR-CMFRI to sensitize people on elasmobranch conservation across India. Dr. Subal Kumar Ghosh, Assistant Professor, CUTM appreciated the programme and enlightened the students to utilize the expertise available at ICAR-CMFRI during the awareness programme. Mr. Rahul R., Assistant Professor, CUTM also delighted with the effort taken by ICAR-CMFRI for the welfare of fisher communities on the identification of protected elasmobranchs under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. During the programme, three colour posters namely: 1) “Protected Elasmobranch Species of India” listed under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, 2) Elasmobranch Species of the Northeast Coast of India - I and 3) Elasmobranch Species of the Northeast Coast of India - II were distributed among the students to identify the species wherever they encounter. The awareness programme was coordinated by Dr. Subal Kumar Roul, Scientist and SIC of Digha Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI. The programme was attended by 45 B.F.Sc. 2nd Semester students and two faculties from the School of Fisheries, Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Odisha. The program was ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Roul.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.
This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.