Hon’ble Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying visits Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR CMFRI
As part of the ‘Sagar Parikrama- Phase-VIII’, Shri Parshottom Rupala, Hon’ble Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India and Dr. L. Murugan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) on 02nd September, 2023. An exhibition was arranged to showcase the activities of the Centre. Important marine fish resources of the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar region, seaweed farming, IMTA, hatchery-produced cobia, silver pompano and marine ornamental fishes were displayed in the exhibition. The Union Minister Shri. Rupala appreciated the efforts taken for marine fisheries and mariculture development of the region. Later the Union Minister interacted with the seaweed farming fisher women group and addressed their queries. Planting of endemic mangrove Pemphis acidula was also carried out on this occasion.
Smt. Neetu Kumari Prasad, IAS, Joint Secretary (Marine Fisheries), Govt. of India, Shri. Jubin Mohapatra, IAS, Assistant Secretary, Smt. Meera, IAS, Assistant Secretary, Dr. L. Narasimha Murthy, Chief Executive I/c & Senior Executive Director, NFDB, Dr. Sanjay Pandey, Deputy Commissioner of Fisheries along with the other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Dr. K. Vinod, Head along with scientists explained the activities of the Centre to the dignitaries. The event was coordinated by the Fisheries & Fishermen Welfare Department, Ramanathapuram in association with the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI.
'Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana' (PMMSY)
A total of 6.8 million green tiger shrimp seeds (PL 35) were sea ranched at Mandapam, Koyilvadi (Palk Bay) on 7th September, 2023 under the Project entitled "Sea ranching of Green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) Post Larvae (PL) in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu" funded by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India under the Central Sector Scheme component of the PMMSY. The shrimp seeds were released by Shri. M. Sivakumar, Assistant Director of Fisheries and Fisherman Welfare, Mandapam, Fishermen Association Leaders in the presence of Dr. K. Vinod, Head, Dr. G. Tamilmani, Principal Investigator of the project, Scientists and staff of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. The fishermen thanked the Government of India and ICAR-CMFRI for such an initiative and expressed that this activity will be helpful in replenishing and enhancing the green tiger shrimp stock in the wild. A total of 75.34 million green tiger shrimp seeds were sea ranched in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar since the inception of the Project (February, 2022). The sea ranching programme was coordinated by Dr. B. Johnson, Senior Scientist of the Centre.