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).
Training on 'Natural Farming of Seaweeds' Organized by Mandapam Regional Centre of
In connection with the campaign on Annadata Devo Bhava" under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a training programme on 'Natural Farming of Seaweeds' on 23rd April, 2022. A total of 135, including fishermen and the staff participated the programme.Dr. G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist & Head-in-Charge presided over the programme and delivered a talk on importance of natural farming of seaweeds. Later, Dr. Johnson, B., Senior Scientist, provided the knowledge on seaweed farming techniques & integrated multi-trophic aquaculture through presentation. Awareness on government schemes related to seaweed farming under PMMSY was also given. A video on seaweed farming techniques & IMTA prepared by Mandapam Regional Centre was also screened to provide first-hand field knowledge about the technology. The hands-on training on seaweed farming techniques was also given at seaweed farm, Munaikadu.
Sea ranching of the green tiger shrimp Penaeus semisulcatus under the Central Sector Scheme component of
'Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana' (PMMSY)
ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Mandapam Regional Centre has been regularly carrying out the sea ranching of hatchery produced green tiger shrimp, Penaeus semisulcatus seeds in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay to replenish the natural stock and to enhance the shrimp productivity. This is helpful in promoting the livelihood of the fishermen in the region and also for conserving & maintaining a sustainable shrimp stock in the wild. Owing to its importance a project entitled "Sea ranching of Green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) Post Larvae (PL) in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu" is being carried out by ICAR-CMFRI Mandapam Regional Centre with the funding support of Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India under the Central Sector Scheme component of the PMMSY. The project aims to release a total of 200 million Green tiger shrimp Post Larvae in a period of four years (2022-2026) in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar region of Tamil Nadu with a total budget of Rs.168.948 lakhs.
In continuation of sea ranching of 3.53 million green tiger shrimp seeds (two programmes) from the inception of the project, a total of 1.20 million green tiger shrimp seeds of PL 40 were sea ranched at Pamban, Palk Bay on 27th April, 2022. The shrimp seeds were released by Dr. G. Tamilmani, Head-in-Charge & Principal Investigator in the presence of leaders of fishermen association & local fishermen, 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 the green tiger shrimp stock. The sea ranching programme was coordinated by Dr. B. Johnson, Senior Scientist of the centre.