Honorable Union Minister Parshottam Rupala urges fishers to embrace seaweed cultivation at First National Conference on Promotion of Seaweed Cultivation at Koteswar, Gujarat
Shri Parshottam Rupala, Honourable Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Govt of India inaugurated the first National Conference on the Promotion of Seaweed Cultivation at Koteshwar, Kutch in Gujarat on 27th January 2024. In his address, the Honourable Union Minister urged fishermen and fisherwomen to embrace seaweed cultivation for its diverse product opportunities. Emphasizing the historic significance of the first national conference, he highlighted its potential to generate employment, increase fish farmer income, and diversify coastal livelihoods. Referring to the Kori Creek pilot project as a potential game-changer, he called on stakeholders to contribute suggestions for the success of seaweed cultivation.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Secretary to the Department of Fisheries, Govt of India, illuminated challenges and prospects in seaweed cultivation. He emphasized the need for innovative solutions, robust policy frameworks, and collaborative endeavours to foster growth. Dr. Likhi underscored the government's commitment to innovating seaweed production, crafting effective policies, facilitating networking, and mapping the entire seaweed value chain.
Dr. J.K. Jena, DDG (FS) ICAR, affirmed the unwavering support of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) to farmers and expressed the institute's readiness to provide demonstrations. He discussed the ongoing refinement of technology in seaweed farming, highlighting that the identified sites result from a preliminary survey, with more significant developments currently underway. Dr. Jena emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts and alignment with the Prime Minister's vision as catalysts for the growth of the sector.
The dignitaries explored seaweed cultivation sites, gaining insights into various methods demonstrated by ICAAR-CMFRI, CSMCRI, and NFDB pilot projects. Approximately 300 participants attended, including fish farmers, fishers, fisheries cooperatives, government officials from various states, scientists, and researchers. The conference served as a comprehensive platform for discussing the project's achievements, with a focus on promoting awareness about seaweed farming.
During the conference, Dr. Divu D, Senior Scientist and PI of the strategic project on seaweed farming highlighted the advanced technologies developed for seaweed cultivation by the institute. He elaborated on the contributions of ICAR-CMFRI for the Seaweed Mission, outlining its objectives and positive impacts on coastal regions including combating climate change.
The successful implementation of the Kori Creek Seaweed Cultivation Project stands as a testament to the collective dedication of ICAR-CMFRI, government agencies, industry partners, and esteemed figures. The collaborative strides underscored the sector's transition towards a sustainable and transformative future. With a shared vision and ongoing advancements, the seaweed cultivation sector is poised for significant growth, promising positive changes in marine production, uplifting coastal livelihoods, and contributing to the overall well-being of communities. The pioneering efforts in Kori Creek mark only the beginning of a journey that holds immense potential for a more sustainable and prosperous coastal landscape.
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.
Shri. Abhilaksh Likhi IAS, Secretary, to the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of India also visited the Vizhinjam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 31st August 2023. He said that the Central Government is keen on developing bivalve farming, including mussels, edible oysters, pearl oysters and clams in the country under its PMMSY scheme. He appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CMFRI and its Vizhinjam Centre, which has been at the forefront of providing training to the fish farmers of Kerala in ornamental fish culture and cage culture.
Refresher Workshop on “ Finfish and Shellfish Species Identification” organised by the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a five-day Refresher Workshop on “Finfish and Shellfish Species Identification” in Hybrid mode from February 12th to 16th, 2024. A total of 20 participants from the Chennai, Tuticorin, and Mandapam regions attended the training. Dr G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist and Head-in-Charge, inaugurated the training and briefed on the importance of marine fish landing data collection. Dr. J. Jayasankar, Head, FRAEED gave the inaugural address. The training included theory and practical classes taken by Shri.M. Rajkumar (Identification of Shrimp, Crab, Lobster, Stomatopod, Cephalopods, Gastropods, and Bycatch Resources), Dr. L. Remya (Demersal Resources), Dr. R. Vinothkumar (Pelagic Resources), and Dr. Shoba Joe Kizakudan (Sharks). Field visits to Mandapam South and North fish landing centres and Pamban Therkuvadi for species identification were also arranged. The species identification skills of the participants were evaluated at the beginning and end of the workshop.
The workshop concluded with a valedictory function on February 16th 2024. Dr. G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist and Head-in-Charge, delivered the valedictory remarks and distributed the certificates. Dr. J. Jayasankar, Head, FRAEED, and Dr. Shoba Joe Kizakudan, Head, FFD and Principal Investigator, shared their remarks about the workshop. Dr. L. Remya proposed the vote of thanks. Shri. M. Rajkumar, Scientist (Shellfish Fisheries Division), Dr. L. Remya, Scientist (Finfish Fisheries Division), MRC of ICAR-CMFRI, and Dr. R. Vinothkumar, Scientist (Finfish Fisheries Division), TRS of ICAR-CMFRI, were the Coordinators. This Refresher Workshop was organised under the ongoing in-house project “Resource assessment and management framework for sustaining marine fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry” (PEL/RMS/08).