ICAR-CMFRI observes International Coastal Cleanup Day
International Coastal Cleanup Day was observed by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) at its Headquarters in Kochi and in various Regional Centres and Regional Stations on 17th September 2022. The event, which included cleanup drives and awareness initiatives, focused on encouraging people to rid of garbage plaguing beaches and coastal waters aimed at trash-free seas. Awareness was also created among the public about preserving and protecting the world’s oceans and waterways.Marine biodiversity and Environment Management Division of ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi organized a vessel-based cleanup drive in coastal waters off Kochi deploying the Institute Vessel FV Silver Pompano. A Beach Cleanup Drive was also organized at Fort Kochi on the day. Scientists, technical staff and scholars of the Division participated.
Visakhapatnam Regional Centre organized a cleanliness campaign ‘Fishing for Litter at Sea’ on the occasion. “Fishing for Litter at Sea” is a cleanup activity aiming to remove marine litter from the seabed, which is caught in their nets during fishing activities and disposed of safely on land. The drive was conducted by deploying the Institute research vessel RV Cadalmin 1 in Visakhapatnam coastal waters.On the occasion, Mandapam Regional Centre organised a beach cleanup activity at Pirappanvalasai beach along the Palk Bay coast in Ramanathapuram District. Pirappanvalasai beach is one among the 75 beaches listed by the Government of India for the cleanup activity for the "Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar/Clean Coast Safe Sea” campaign. Officials from the Department of Fisheries, Mandapam also took part in the event. The cleaning drive was held at the one-kilometre stretch of the beach and the plastic debris comprising worn-out fishing nets, ropes, plastic chappals, thermocol, and glass bottles to the tune of 300 kg was removed and disposed of through municipal waste management.A beach cleaning programme was organised by Calicut Regional Station at Konadu beach on the day. In order to create awareness among coastal communities, a pamphlet entitled ‘Save the Sea, Say No to Plastics’ was distributed to as many as 50 people in the locality. The pamphlet emphasised mainly the deleterious impact of macro and microplastics on marine eco-sensitive habitats, fishery resources and ultimately on mankind. The pamphlet indicated that if the practice of plastic littering by humans continued, there would be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.International Coastal Cleanup Day was also observed by the Mangalore Regional Centre and Research Stations in Mumbai, Karwar and Chennai in a befitting manner.
ICAR-ICMFRI Turns 75; Launches Year-Long Anniversary Celebration Campaign
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) turned 75 years on 3rd February 2022. On the occasion, the institute kick-started one-year-long campaign that includes various activities to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations.Established in 1947, the ICAR-CMFRI has been playing a pivotal role in stewarding India’s marine fishery resources since its inception. Over the past seven and half decades, the CMFRI which joined the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1967, has grown significantly in size and stature emerging as a leading tropical marine fisheries research hub in the world.
During the foundation day celebration, Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General of the ICAR was the chief guest. He urged the CMFRI scientists to prioritise their focus of research in accordance with the urgent need of the society and the nation. “The Central Government is focusing on strengthening mariculture based alternative livelihood options like seaweed farming, marine ornamental fish culture etc. This would offer better livelihood option to the coastal communities and thereby supporting the country’s economy”, he said.Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said that the institute broadened its objectives by diversifying towards potentially rewarding arenas such as mariculture, genetic and biotechnological applications. Keeping tab of the changes in the sector, research on climate change and bioprospecting will also be strengthened, he said.
Elaborating on the future plan of the institute, Dr Gopalakrishnan further said: “Given that mariculture is going to be a game changer in ensuring future fish production and also in providing income and employment security for coastal fishers, the ICAR-CMFRI will focus on precision mariculture with the aid of smart tools and automation with Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. Apart from this, a number of emerging areas of importance include marine environment management, marine biodiversity research, marine spatial planning, species identification and description, marine pollution research, fish disease diagnosis and control, resource monitoring and assessment, socioeconomics and so on, he added.
The logo for the year-long celebration was
unveiled on the occasion. A theme song also was released.
Awareness programme on jellyfish sting management for seaweed cultivators at Sambai, Rameswaram under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Initiative
On July 14, 2022, an awareness programme on jellyfish sting management at Sambai fishing village, Rameswaram, was organised for seaweed farmers as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative of the Government of India. The programme was presided over by Dr. G. Tamilmani, Head in Charge of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, and he distributed the "Jellysafe" first aid kit to fisherwomen. Dr. R. Saravanan, Senior Scientist, explained about the different jellyfish found in Palk Bay and the jellyfish sting management using the first aid kit "JellySafe." Nearly 46 fisherwomen who are involved in seaweed cultivation attended the programme. The ward councillor, Ms. Thillai Pushpam, and village seaweed cultivator group leaders, Mr. M. Murugesan and Ms. Murugeswari facilitated the event. This awareness programme was organised under the ongoing in-house project on jellyfish bloom dynamics in India's coastal and marine ecosystems (MB/JBD/32).
Kochi Town Official Language Implementation Committee Trophies For CMFRI
ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi bagged Rolling Trophy – First position for the period 2020-21 for excellent implementation of Official Language among the Central Govt. Organizations in Kochi Town. Institute also bagged Rolling Trophy – First position for Half yearly Hindi In House Magazine ‘Matsyagandha’. In the Half yearly meeting of Kochi TOLIC held at Income Tax Office, Cochin on 28.06.2022 Shri Manjit Singh, IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax distributed Trophies. Shri Hareesh Nair, Chief Administrative Officer (Senior Grade) and Smt. E.K.Uma, CTO (Hindi) received the Trophies on behalf of the Institute.