Tree plantation drive at Mandapam Regional Centre
As part of various programmes to mark the 75th Independence Day celebration and the 75th year of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) being organised by the Mandapam Regional Centre, a tree plantation initiative was conducted at the Centre in association with Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam International Foundation, House of Kalam, Rameswaram on 13th August 2021. Around 100 tree saplings were planted inside the office premises and at the residential quarters. The saplings include neem (Azadirachta indica), Indian tulip, Poovarasu (Thespesia populnea) and pongam (Pongamia pinnata).
Shri. K. Muraleedharan, IMC Member, ICAR-CMFRI, Shri. A. P. J. M. J. Sheik Salim, Grand Nephew of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Co-Founder of the Foundation, Shri. K. Anbazhagan, General Manager, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Memorial and Shri. Muthu Manikandan, Secretary, Rotary Club, Rameswaram along with Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge and staff of the Centre took part in the initiative. Later, the dignitaries distributed around 150 papaya and 133 guava saplings to the staff of the Centre.
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.
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.