Former Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi unveils ICAR-CMFRI’s cage farming demonstration in Odisha
Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Former Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Member of Parliament launched the cage farming initiative of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) at the Bahabalpur fishing centre in Odisha’s Balasore district on 8th August 2021. He unveiled the marine cage culture demonstration of Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) funded by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) by stocking the seeds in as many as eight cages. Over 1700 number of seeds, weighing an average 50 g, was stocked in each cage. The fishes will be cultured for a duration of six to eight months, during which it is expected to grow to an average size of 700-800 g body weight.
The fish seeds were successfully transported from Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI by road in 1000 litre HDPE tanks provided with the facility of vigorous aeration in two batches. Intermittent cooling was provided by using ice blocks to ease stress during transportation. This innovative method resulted in 100% survival during an 18 hour on-road transportation.
Appreciating ICAR-CMFRI for its tremendous efforts in demonstration of diversified mariculture practices all along the coastal states, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi stressed on the need for sea cage farming in augmenting the fish production and doubling fishermen income. The successful demonstration of the ongoing culture technology through the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) scheme can instill confidence among the fishermen and will further encourage them to take up such alternative livelihood methods, which will not only improve their socio-economic status but also will conserve the fishery ecosystem by reducing dependency on capture fisheries.
Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Head of Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI and Principal Investigator of the project explained the benefits of marine cage farming and apprised of the future plan of action to the MP.
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.
Name of ICAR-CMFRI appearing in the ICAR
Foundation Day Award Ceremony Presentation on 16 July 2020
Dr. Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist, Marine Biotechnology Division of ICAR- CMFRI wins the coveted ICAR Norman Borlaug Award for the year 2020.
Relief from COVID struggle: SC families in Kerala village reap good profit from cage fish farming
Bumper harvest of Pearl Spot in ICAR-CMFRI’s scheme for SC community
In a major relief from a harrowing time of struggle to meet their livelihood due to the pandemic, a group of fish farmers from the scheduled caste community in Maradu, Ernakulam has reaped good profit through a bumper harvest of pearl spot (E.suratensis) on 11th August 2021 from their cage fish farming venture.
A self-help group named ‘Puzhayoram’ in Maradu recorded a yield of 600 kg of pearl spot from a 5x5m square-sized cage fish installed in Maradu-Nettoor backwaters. The cage farming was part of a special programme of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) for the SC community. The harvest was inaugurated by Adv. Reshmi Sanil, Vice chairperson Marad Muncipality.