ICAR-CMFRI conducts webinar on importance of mangroves in restoration of ecosystem
On the occasion of the World Environment Day on 5th June 2021, the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi organized a webinar on “Ecosystem Restoration- Mangroves and its Possibilities”. The webinar, which was attended by experts working on mangroves, pointed out that mangroves can act as a bio-shield along the coast to check sea erosion and coastal floods followed by high waves. Experts called upon restoration of coastal vegetation laying emphasis on mangrove forestation to maintain the environmental balance of the coastal biodiversity.
Recently, the entire Kerala coast had witnessed the wrath of the sea followed by the two cyclones—Tauktae and Yaas. According to the experts, ‘storm surge’, a phenomenon which is formed by alarming winds by the cyclones, causes high waves, sea erosion and flooding in the coastal hamlet. They are of the view that the Kerala coast will witness more such storm surges due to the rapid warming of waters in the Indian Ocean.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI stated that conservation of coastal biodiversity, which is in deterioration owing to many reasons including constructions, is the best long-term natural option for protecting the lives of coastal people from sea turbulence. A recent study based on observations done in Mumbai coastal region revealed mangroves protects coastal wave actions and severe surges, he said.
Dr. N. Vasudevan, IFS, Managing Director of Forest Development Corporation, Maharashtra was the Chief Guest at the webinar. Shri P. P. Pramod, IFS Chief Conservator, Forest Eastern Circle and Custodian, Vested Forest, Kerala was the Guest of Honour. Dr R Ramasubramanian, Director of Coastal Systems Research Programme at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai delivered the keynote address.
The webinar recommended that restoration of coastal vegetation along the Kerala coast should be planned in a social forestry concept with public participation. Feasibility studies are required for identifying potential areas for mangrove forestation, it proposed. The webinar also suggested awareness programmes among different stakeholders to build a bio-green belt along the coast aiming to protect the residents in the area.
In addition, the webinar proposed to develop guidelines in order to promote mangroves in a way that benefits the livelihood of the stakeholders and coastal residents.
Dr P Kaladharan, Principal Scientist of ICAR-CMFRI; Dr Grinson George, Senior Programme Specialist (Fisheries) at the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Dhaka, Bangladesh; Dr K Vinod, Principal Scientist of ICAR-CMFRI and Dr Ratheesh Kumar R, Scientist of ICAR-CMFRI also spoke at the webinar.
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