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Training on Seaweed Farming at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Training on Seaweed Farming at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

The Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organized a training programme on seaweed farming to the staff of Mumbai Research Station of the Institute during 18th to 28th September, 2021. The training was inaugurated by Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge. The participants were given hands-on training on a range of areas such as fabrication of floating rafts with bamboo, preparation of the ropes, twining the braider on the rope, tying of seed material (seaweed fragments) in the ropes, tying of seeded ropes in the bamboo rafts and anchoring them in the sea. Similarly, they got first-hand experience on monoline culture and tube-net method, as well as exposure to wild collection of seaweed and identification of commercially important seaweed species.                         

         

        

The hands-on training on seaweed farming techniques were given at seaweed farming sites viz., Munaikadu, Mandapam and Puthukudi, Thondi. Field visits were arranged to seaweed processing unit of M/s. Aquagri Processing Pvt. Ltd., Manamadurai and M/s. Sathyam Biotech Group of Companies, Madurai. The trainees visited the facilities at Marine Algal Research Station, CSIR-CSMCRI and R. K. Algae Project Centre, Mandapam. The trainees also participated the webinar on ‘Aquaculture Diversification in Maharashtra: Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by ICAR-CMFRI, Mumbai Research Station and NABARD Chair unit.  Dr. Johnson, B., Senior Scientist, Shri. M. Sankar, Scientist & Ms. R. Bavithra, Scientist were the conveners for the training programme.

          

          

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.