ICAR-CMFRI Wins Two ICAR Awards
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has won national recognition with the institute bagging two national-level awards instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The ICAR-CMFRI won the Best Annual Report award (2020) in the category of ICAR large institutes while Dr Anusree M, a Ph D scholar at CMFRI bagged the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for PG Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences for 2021. The annual report contains key information on the institute’s research activities and outputs in a year. This is the second time within seven years the CMFRI’s annual report is selected as the national best.
Dr Anusree was designated for the award for her doctoral thesis on the topic ‘Characterization and Evaluation of Small Molecular Bioactives and Polysaccharides from the Phaeophytic Marine Macroalga Sargassum wightii (family Sargassaceae) as Defense Metabolites against Oxidative Stress-Induced Diseases’. Her research works involved in developing potential pharmacophores and nutraceuticals with anti-dyslipidemic, anti-diabetic, and anti-hypertensive activities from seaweeds, under the guidance of Dr Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist of CMFRI. The award includes a cash prize of Rs. 50,000, citation, certificate, and a silver medal.
The ICAR- CMFRI was selected for the awards from among 114 institutes in India under the ICAR. The institute had won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR, in 2020.
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).
Shri.L.Murugan, Minister Of State For Fisheries, Animal Husbandry And Dairying Visits India S First Private Hatchery M/S. MSR Aqua Private Limited
Shri. L. Murugan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, and Information and Broadcasting, visited the M/s. MSR Aqua Private Limited, a Multispecies marine fish hatchery at Konapapapeta, Kakinada, on 14th June 2022. Originally a shrimp hatchery, the MSR hatchery is the first private hatchery in India which was suitably modified with the technical guidance of the Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to suit the marine finfish seed production, under the NFDB supported project entitled “Enhancing Production of Farmed Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) through the Establishment of Broodbank and supply of larvae to States for Seed Production”.Member of Parliament, Smt. Vanga Geetha of Kakinada constituency and Chief Executive of NFDB, Mrs. C. Suvarna, IFS also accompanied the Minister.
Complete technical guidance and support was provided by the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR- CMFRI for successful operation and seed production. The hatchery can produce a maximum of 10 million seeds in a cycle. This hatchery recently received the Best Hatchery Award on 21 st November 2021 on World Fisheries Day. The hatchery currently has stock of seeds of Seabass, silver pompano and Indian pompano. Dr.A.K. Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist, CMFRI and Principal Investigator of the project, apprised the Hon’ble Minister and the other dignitaries, of all the activities of the hatchery in detail. The dignitaries appreciated the functioning of the hatchery and congratulated the owners of hatchery, Mr. M Venkata Ramana and brothers.Following the visit of the hatchery, a farmers’ meet was conducted and seeds of seabass and silver pompano were distributed to the selected farmers.
ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates International Yoga Day
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) celebrated the 8th International Yoga Day on 21st June 2022 by conducting awareness workshops and demonstration of yoga asanas at its Headquarters in Kochi and various Regional Research Centres. In Kochi, the programme, that started at 10.30 am, was attended by all the staff, students and research scholars of the ICAR-CMFRI, CIFRI Centre and PMFGRC of NBFGR. In an interactive lecture, Mrs. Lalitha Venugopal, Senior Facilitator of the Art of Living Foundation, gave a brief introduction to Yoga and explained the benefits of practising the Yoga for physical and mental well-being. The essential practices of Pranayam and meditation were also done by the participants. The interactive session was followed by a Yoga demonstration by Mr. K Vijayakumar, Yoga Facilitator of the Art of Living Foundation, Kochi which included the joint rotations, stretches, Asanas and Pranayams.
In order to ensure wider participation and create public awareness among stakeholders, ICAR-CMFRI organised a Yoga demonstration for the fishery related workers of the Cochin Fisheries Harbour in Kochi, Kerala on 20th June 2022 at 8.30 at 10.30 am in which nearly 50 participants were benefitted. The fish workers showed keen interest in Yoga practices and requested for further such initiatives.