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ICAR-CMFRI organizes Stakeholder Meet for the development of fisheries management plan for West Bengal

ICAR-CMFRI organizes Stakeholder Meet for the development of fisheries management plan for West Bengal

In a major step regarding the development of fisheries management plan for sustaining marine fisheries of West Bengal, the Digha Regional Station of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a Stakeholders’ Meet at Digha Fishermen and Fish Traders Association (DFFTA) premises at Digha Mohana on 24th December 2021.

About 40 stakeholders representing fishermen associations; fishing boat owners; MPEDA; DFFTA; fishermen from mechanized, motorized and artisanal fisheries sector; wholesale and retail fish traders; salted fish traders; dry fish producers; ice-plant owners and exporters participated and deliberated on various issues related to sustainable marine fisheries management of West Bengal. 

      
The meet was presided over by Shri. Shyamsundar Das, Secretary, DFFTA and chaired by Shri. Prabhat Chandra Hazra, Former Secretary, DFFTA. The discussions in the meet centred on issues in marine fisheries, technological and training needs, livelihood issues, development and infrastructure needs. The scope of mariculture, coastal cage culture and diversification in fisheries was also discussed.

The stakeholder meet also stressed on the need for bringing out a document on ‘Minimum Legal Size’ for the commercially important marine fisheries along the coast of West Bengal. Other major observations of the meet include extension of monsoon fishing ban period from 60 days to 90 days; preventing juvenile fishing for commercially important fishes including Hilsa to reduce overfishing; re-study on breeding season of marine fishes along the coast; and declaration of ‘no fishing zone’ in some region along the West Bengal coast to enhance the productivity and abundance. 

     

Dr. Subal Kumar Roul, Scientist-in-Charge of Digha Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI highlighted the research, extension and development activities of ICAR-CMFRI along the maritime states of India. Dr. S. S. Raju, Principal Scientist from Visakhaptanm Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI briefed about the purpose of the stakeholder meet and initiated the discussions.

As a precursor for the stakeholder meet, preliminary field visits were also made by the scientific team of ICAR-CMFRI consisting of Dr. Subal Kumar Roul, Dr. S. S. Raju and Dr. J. Charles Jeeva on 22nd and 23rd December, 2021 to fish landing centres, whole sale markets, fish salting and dry fish yards in Digha Mohana and Sankarpur. During the field visits, interaction was held with the fishers to get first-hand information on the parameters such as the socio-economic characteristics, marketing and value chain along the coast of West Bengal.Dr. Subal Kumar Roul, Scientist-in-Charge of Digha Regional Station welcomed the gathering and highlighted the research, extension and development activities of ICAR-CMFRI along the maritime states of India. Dr. S. S. Raju, Principal Scientist from Visakhaptanm Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI briefed about the purpose of the stakeholder meet and initiated the discussions.

                             

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

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.

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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.


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