During the quarter, the institute has successfully completed the Marine Fisheries Census 2016 exercise of collecting data from nearly 9 lakh households regarding manpower, demography, technology and infrastructure availability pertaining to the marine fisheries sector. We were also actively involved in organizing a series of Stakeholders' Workshops in various parts of the country as part of formulation of the new 'National Marine Fisheries Policy' by the Government of India. Both the tasks were entrusted to the institute by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF). It is a matter of pride that the institute has also bagged ICAR's Best Annual Report in the Large Institute Category for the year 2014 -15. This should motivate further focused research and dissemination of knowledge to the stakeholders in the marine fisheries sector of India. Several training programmes in marine fish culture and related activities were conducted during this period. It is anticipated that the positive impacts created through such programmes by enhancing skills and livelihood options for fishermen will result in higher adoption of mariculture technologies and increase marine fish production in the coming years. This premier marine fisheries research institute was set up on 3rd February 1947 and is now stepping into its seventh decade. The tasks ahead are numerous and it is important that we jointly strive to achieve the targets set for the making of a vibrant and sustainable marine fisheries sector. I wish all readers a successful quarter ahead.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan