Refresher course on “Shellfish Species Identification” organised by Mandapam Regional centre
Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a three days refresher course on “Shellfish species Identification” from 1st to 3rd August. A total of 12 participants, including FRAEED survey staff and young professionals, attended the training. Dr G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist & Head-in-Charge, inaugurated the training and briefed on the importance of marine fish landing data collection. The training included theory and practical classes by Shri.M. Rajkumar, Scientist (Identification of Shrimp, Crab, Lobster and Stomatopod resources) and Smt. M. Kavitha, Scientist (Identification of cephalopods and gastropod resources). Field visits to Mandapam fish landing centre and Kalam seashell Mart, Rameshwaram, for species identification were also arranged. Species identification skills of the trainees were evaluated at the beginning and end of the training. The training concluded with a valedictory function on 3rd August. Dr G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist & Head-in-Charge, delivered the valedictory remarks and distributed the certificates and prizes. Smt.M.Kavitha delivered the vote of thanks. Shri. M. Rajkumar, Scientist (Shellfish Fisheries Division), MRC of ICAR-CMFRI and Smt. M. Kavitha, Scientist (Shellfish Fisheries Division), TRS of ICAR-CMFRI were the coordinators. This training programme was organised under the ongoing in-house project “Resource assessment and management framework for sustaining marine fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry” (PEL/RMS/08).
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.