Harvest Mela of relayed clams in Vembanad Lake
Relaying of black clam (Villorita cyprinoides) was done in several areas of Vembanad Lake like Keecheri and Chakkathukadu on the northern side of the Thaneermukkom barrage on the suitable sites selected by CMFRI for clam bed restoration and to sustain the fishery based on the project “Rejuvenation of clam” (“Kakka punarjeevanam”) under the District Panchayat Scheme (2018-19) implemented by Kerala State Fisheries Department in Ernakulam District. Approximately 60 tonnes and 140 tonnes of juvenile black clam was relayed in Chakkathukadu and Keecheri area of Vembanad Lake respectively. Harvest of the relayed clam was inaugurated by Smt. Anitha Teacher, District Panchayath Member in a function presided by Shri. Biju Thomas, President of the Amballor Grama Panchayath held at Poothotta on 29th November, 2021.Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Head i/c, Molluscan Fisheries Division, CMFRI, Dr. Vidya. R, Scientist, Molluscan Fisheries Division, CMFRI, Shri. Noushar Khan, Deputy Director, Fisheries, Ernakulam Zone, Smt. Bindu Sajeev, Vice President Block Panchayath, Shri. A. P. Subhash and Shri. Binu Puthethumyalil, Panchayath Members were also present in the function.
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.