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Fish price declined in Kerala despite soaring demand: CMFRI study

Fish price declined in Kerala despite soaring demand: CMFRI study

‘Gap between demand and availability of fish in Kerala is getting wider’ 

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has found that the fish prices in the State registered a fall in 2016 despite a soaring demand for fish.  Exposing the dire condition of Kerala’s fisheries sector, the study also shows 40 per cent of existing total fish demand in the State is met through the arrivals of fish from neighbouring States which reveals that the gap between demand and the supply of domestic fish in Kerala is getting wider day by day.

The study, which was carried out by Dr Shyam S Salim, Principal Scientist and his team at the Socio Economic Evaluation and Technology Transfer Division of CMFRI, points out that arrival of fish from the neighbouring states is the major factor which keeps fish price steady in Kerala preventing from a sharp hike compared to other commodities.

According to the study, the fish prices registered a fall of 15 to 20% in 2016 which is higher than the increase in landings. The study assumes significance in the context that fish price rose 35 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014.  A drastic decline was recorded in the price of mackerel (30.6%).   

Even the species such as sardine, mackerel, anchovies, barracuda and threadfin breams which are the favourite varieties among the fish consumers in the State experienced a price fall of 20.7%.

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(Figure 1. The percentage change in the quantity landed and price realization of major species traded in Kerala during 2015-16.)

The study highlights the fact that even if the domestic supply is less compared to the demand, the price does not rise abruptly or proportionally. This is mainly due to the arrivals of fish from other States which meet the demand-supply gap.   

Demand-Supply gap widens

The widening gap between the demand and domestic supply of fish indicates that Kerala will be a net deficit State in terms of fish availability and will need to rely on fish arrivals or imports to the tune of 40 per cent. It has been found that, based on the demand estimates, an average of 2000-2500 tonnes of fish is required for the daily consumption of Keralites, of which the domestic supply caters to only 60 per cent, the rest, around 1000-1200 tonnes is to be sourced or imported from other states or countries. The study also shows the demand-supply gap will be widened every year, indicating that Kerala will require 50 per cent of fish from other States to meet the demand in 2035. 

 

Sl.No:

Species

Quantity (kg)

% to total

1.

Sardine

255,921

37.48

2.

Mackerel

103,134

15.11

3.

Tuna

98,865

14.48

4.

Seer fish

91,140

13.35

5.

Other perches

26,378

3.86

6.

Pomfrets

23,250

3.41

7.

Anchovy

18,400

2.69

8.

Scads

10,755

1.58

9.

Threadfin breams

8,900

1.30

10.

Sail fish

8,350

1.22

11.

Fresh water fishes

7,200

1.05

12.

Rohu

7,001

1.03

13.

Carangid

6,500

0.95

14.

Cutla

6,046

0.89

15.

Others

10,933

1.60

 

Total

6,82,772

100

 

The study analysed the quantum of fish, different species and the States from where it is being sourced to Kerala through a rapid assessment of the fish trade in the major 20 wholesale markets situated in Southern, Central and Northern parts of Kerala.  The study also found that the fish arrivals from neighbouring States were recorded 60% during the pre-monsoon months from January to March in 2017 owing to reduced fish availability.  The macro level analysis of the quantum of fish traded in these selected markets, which was done in February this year, indicates that an average 1000-1200 tonnes of fish are traded daily here of which 650-700 tonnes are coming a day from the neighbouring States viz., Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Karnataka tops

The study also finds that Karnataka tops the list of the States from where fish arrives to Kerala by contributing 153 tonnes (22%) followed by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.  As many as 23 fish species are being arrived to Kerala for trade and consumption from different States.

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(Figure 2. Arrivals fish from different States)

Sardine most sourced fish

Among the different fishes, sardine becomes the mainstay of the arrivals which is nearly 256 tonnes constituting more than 37.4 % of the total arrivals.

When comparing the contribution of different States to each individual species, the sardine mainly arrives from Tamil Nadu which is approximately 33 % followed by Karnataka (27%).  30% of the mackerel comes from Tamil Nadu followed by Andhra Pradesh (28.6 %) and Karnataka (25.6%). It is also found that non-traditional fish species such as carps and fresh water fishes arriving from other States catering to the migrant population in the State.

 (Table shows quantity of major fish arrivals from other States)

The rapid assessment based on the data collected has seasonal impacts. As the study period was pre-monsoon season, the landings were quite low and the dependency rate from other States was comparatively higher.

Turn to Mariculture

Based on the findings, the study suggests that government should intervene in increasing fish production by boosting inland aquaculture and mariculture activities such as cage fish farming to meet the growing demand of fish and reduce the demand-supply gap.

Quality of fish a serious concern

According to Dr Shyam S Salim, the quality of the fishes sourced from other states is a serious concern. Chances are high that hazardous chemicals will be used to prevent fish stocks from deterioration as the sourced fish gets delayed to reach the market, he said. “It is need of the hour to intensify quality assurance systems in the State to avoid health hazards. The State government should take strict measures to develop a quality assurance system for spot detection of harmful chemical contaminants in fishes at the wholesale and retail markets across the State.”, he said. 

Minimum support price

He also suggests fixing minimum support prices for fish to support fishermen in terms of surplus landings to prevent sale at throwaway prices and maximum ceiling price to help consumers when the price soars up above the limits of the consumers. “Minimum support price and maximum ceiling price will act as stabilising measures in ensuring better distribution across the value chain”, he added.

 

 

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Dr. K. Madhu of ICAR-CMFRI bags Dr. S.Z. Qasim Memorial Best Paper Award 2016 sponsored by Marine Biological Association of India

Dr. S.Z. Qasim Memorial Best Paper Award 2016 sponsored by The Marine Biological Association Of India for the Scientific Paper published in JMBAI "Isolation, identification and culture of the marine rotifer Colurellaadriatica Ehrenberg, 1831 (Family: Lepadellidae) from Andaman & Nicobar Islands: A promising live feed for larval rearing of high value shellfishes and finfishes" - Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, by Dr. K. Madhu, Dr. Rema Madhu, Shri. M.P. Mohandas and Shri. M.T. Vijayan.

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ICAR-CMFRI commercialises its anti-obesity nutraceutical product

ICAR-CMFRI commercialises its anti-obesity nutraceutical product 

CMFRI gives exclusive license to VLCC health care group for using the technology for commercial production

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has commercialized its recently developed nutraceutical product named CadalminTM Antihypercholesterolemic extract (CadalminTM ACe) for reducing obesity and cholesterol. The CMFRI gave the exclusive license to the VLCC, a leading Indian MNC in wellness and obesity management, for using the technology for commercial production and marketing of the product.

Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI signed a license agreement with Sandeep Ahuja, Director of the VLCC Group and Dr A H Zaidi, Executive Vice President (R & D) of the firm.

 

CMFRI developed the anti-obesity nutraceutical product using natural marine bioactive ingredients from selected seaweeds after years of intensive research and the product was found to be effective in combating dyslipidemia and obesity. (Dyslipidemia is an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g.,triglycerides, cholesterol and/or fat phospholipids) in the blood).   

The bioactive principles contained in CadalminTM ACe inhibit various enzymes like hydroxymethyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase and various target receptors, which are responsible for causing obesity and dyslipidemia. 

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CadalminTM ACe provides a unique blend of 100 per cent natural marine bioactive ingredients from selected seaweeds with an eco-friendly ‘green technology’, which is currently under patent. The product has been proved to be devoid of any side effects following long-term oral administration of the tablets as established by detailed pre-clinical trials. The nutraceutical product is prepared from seaweeds, which are known for their extraordinary medicinal properties and are commonly available in the Indian coastal waters. CadalminTM ACe is the fourth in the series of the nutraceutical products developed from seaweeds by CMFRI. CMFRI had already developed nutraceuticals for diabetes and arthritis. 

The CMFRI is in the process of developing more health products and nutraceuticals from seaweeds, that are bounty in Indian coastal waters.

Information on the availability of this product in the market will be made public as soon as the product becomes ready through the firm. 

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ICAR-CMFRI releases estimates of marine fish landings in India-2016


ICAR-CMFRI releases estimates of marine fish landings in India-2016

 India’s marine fish catch increases 6.6%

India’s total marine fish landings recorded a slight increase of 6.6 per cent during 2016 compared to the previous year with a production of 3.63 million tonnes against 3.40 million tonnes in 2015. The estimates of country’s marine fish landings of 2016 released by the Kochi headquartered ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 20th May 2017 highlighted that for the first time after 1998 sardine was not the top-ranked species in terms of the landings in the country.

According to ICAR-CMFRI’s estimates, Gujarat remained at the top position for the fourth consecutive year with a production of 7.74 lakh tonnes followed by Tamil Nadu (7.07 lakh tonnes) and Karnataka (5.29 lakh tonnes). Even as Kerala, one of the major fish consuming States in the country, was slipped down to fourth spot for the first time in the history, the state registered an 8% increase in its total marine fish catch over the previous year producing 5.23 lakh tonnes in 2016. West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra and Daman & Diu witnessed a hike in the marine fish landings, whereas other states including Tamil Nadu registered a fall in the catch in varying degrees. 

Karnataka boosted its landings to reach to the third spot in the country by a production of 5.29 lakh tonnes ahead of Kerala, recording 19.6% increase over the previous year. In 2015 Karnataka was in the fourth position in the country.

Mackerel tops in India

Mackerel, the national fish was placed the first spot of the major resources obtained all over the country, after a long interval from 1999 with an overall production of 2.5 lakh tonnes ahead of oil sardine (2.44 lakh tonnes).  However, the catch of mackerel dropped by 33% in Kerala.

A significant change observed during 2016 was the landing patter of bulls eye (Priacanthus spp). From a mere 4,691 tonnes in 2015, the catch of the fish was escalated to a six-times-high of 1.3 lakh tonnes this year. The fish emerged as a major resource in the landings with high production in the West Coast where Karnataka contributed the maximum.

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Huge hike in Hilsa

A huge hike in the landings of Hilsa shad, the most favourite fish of people of West Bengal, helped the state to increase its marine fish production to 2.72 lakh tonnes. The fish recovered from its previous trends of dwindling catch to reach 94,000 tonnes, a four-fold increase compared to 2015. The revival of Hilsa helped the West Bengal to increase its marine fish production to 2.72 lakh tonnes in 2016 from a 1.18 lakh tonnes of 2015, a huge upsurge in the catch.  

Catch declined in Andhra Pradesh

At the same time, fish catch dropped significantly in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha mainly due to the cyclone which reduced fishing days in these states. Andhra Pradesh recorded a decrease of 35% during 2016 over the previous year, while 17% of catch declined in Odisha.

The marine fish landing estimates of the ICAR-CMFRI also showed that chub mackerel (Scomber indicus), the new fish described by the CMFRI last year, was limited to the Kerala coasts only. Around one thousand tonnes of this resource was landed off the Kerala coasts during 2016.  

20% increase in value of fish

The estimate of value of marine fish landings during 2016 at the landing centre level in the country was ? 48,381 crores, registering an increase of 20.7% compared to 2015. At the retail level, the estimated value was ? 73,289 crores with an increase of 12.4% over the previous year. Even as the landings increased in the state, Kerala suffered a fall of 18.1% over previous year in the value of fish catch at the retail centres.

The Fisheries Resource Assessment Division of the ICAR-CMFRI estimated the annual marine fish landings of the country.

Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI released the estimates. According to him, the marine capture fisheries is experiencing more fishing pressure and there is urgent need to implement control measures to maintain the harvest at sustainable levels. “Also, we have to explore the utilisation of untapped and unconventional resources to quench the demand.  Further, climate change, particularly the increase of sea surface temperature and mean sea level rise are factors affecting the marine fisheries. The ICAR-CMFRI is carrying out research works for developing frameworks to mitigate such challenges”, he added.

Dr T V Sathianandan, Head, Fishery Resources Assessment Division, presented the findings. Various Heads of Divisions Dr K Sunil Muhammed, Dr G Maheshwarudu, Dr Prathibha Rohit, Dr R Narayanakumar and Dr PU Zacharia also were present on the occasion. 

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Dr K K Joshi of ICAR-CMFRI Wins Best Biodiversity Researcher Award

Dr K K Joshi of ICAR-CMFRI Wins Best Biodiversity Researcher Award

Dr K K Joshi, Head, Marine Biodiversity Division and Principal Scientist at the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi has won the prestigious Best Biodiversity Researcher Award for the year 2016 instituted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB). Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala presented the award to Dr K K Joshi on 22nd May 2017 during the International Biodiversity Day celebrations organised by the KSBB in Thiruvananthapuram. The award includes certificate, citation and an amount of Rs 50,000.

The award is in recognition of his contributions to research and development in the field of taxonomy of fishes and marine biodiversity valuation related to Kerala. According to the award committee, the best reflection of Dr. K K Joshi’s skill lies in his publications on the taxonomy and biodiversity as well as creating biodiversity awareness at grass root levels in Kerala.  “Dr Joshi had carried out research project on biodiversity valuation of the marine ecosystems of the south west coast of India with special reference to Kerala”.

Since he became project investigator of the Taxonomy projects in 2004, Dr Joshi made revisions of the fishes of the family Carangidae, Leiognathidae, Balistidae and Scombridae.  He described a new fish species Bleekeria murtii (Perciformes: Ammodytidae) and published key for the identification of Tunas and Silver bellies.  Altogether during the four years, he reported several new records of the Jaydia queketti, Cheilodipterus macrodon, Grammonus robustus, Lagocephalus sceleratus, Neobythites stefanovi, Caesio striata, Valenciennea helsdingenii, Neobythites multistriatus, Pteroplatytrygon violacea are useful in the biodiversity management and conservations. 

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Sea ranching of green tiger shrimp at Thonithurai, Palk Bay by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Sea ranching of green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) at Thonithurai, Palk Bay by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

 Penaeus semisulcatus (Green tiger shrimp) locally known as flower iral supporting commercial fishery in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay exploited by the trawl net operated in mechanized boats. Due to over fishing of brooders (parent shrimps) and juveniles (young ones) the shrimp resources depleted drastically. Eventually the shrimp landings were affected and decreased during recent years as reported by fisherfolk. To overcome this problem, launching of sea ranching programme is planned to increase shrimp production and promote the livelihood of fishermen in the region. This will also be helpful for conservation and maintaining the sustainable shrimp stocks in the wild. The fishermen groups have also expressed in various forum that the sea ranching of Penaeus semisulcatus which was carried 10-15 years ago, by the ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam was very useful in replenishing the shrimp resource of the region. In this connection, Mandapam Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRl) is conducting research on hatchery production of P.semisulcatus shrimp seeds.

As an initiation, about two lakh numbers P.semisulcatus shrimp seeds at PL 35 (35-day-old post larvae) stage were released at Thonithurai, Palk Bay region on 11th May 2017 by leaders of Fishermen associations, Fishermen farmers, Officials of State Fisheries Department, Scientist-in-Charge, Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar and other Scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. The sea ranching will take place every month with the involvement of local fishermen. They will be assisting in identifying the right locations. Along with shrimp, crab species Portunus pelagicus (Blue swimmer crab) seeds will also be released.

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CMFRI felicitates country’s first fisher couple, extends support to launch cage fish farming

CMFRI felicitates country’s first fisher couple, extends support to launch cage fish farming

MoS for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Sudarshan Bhagat interacts with fishermen and fish farmers at CMFRI

Shri. Sudarshan  Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare felicitated Shri K V Karthikeyan and K C Rekha,  India’s first fisher couple, at an interactive meeting held at the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute on 5th May 2017. Mrs. Rekha and Mr Karthikeyan have been venturing into the sea on outboard boat for around 15 years. Rekha is the first woman in the country who goes into sea for fishing on motorized boat. ICAR-CMFRI has extended financial and technical support to the couple to launch cage fish farming venture in sea waters. The minister handed over to them fish seeds on the occasion to start the cage culture. CMFRI organized the programme as part of its ongoing platinum jubilee celebrations.

The couple hails from Kundazhiyoor near Chettuva in Thrissur district. Although there are women fishermen engaged in fishing in backwaters, no record about woman’s presence in fishing along the Indian coasts is available so far.

Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister called for utilizing Geographical Information System (GIS) technology in the fisheries sector to minimize fishing efforts and expense. The Union Minister said the GIS technology would help identify potential fishing zones (PFZ), making fishing easier and less expensive. He also said climate change was one of the major obstacles to the growth of the fisheries sector in the country. Shri. Bhagat urged the scientific community to study the issue and provide alternate means to mitigate the phenomenon.

ICAR-CMFRI’s technology of cage fish farming would help the country increase marine fish production, he added. “Seed production technology of more fish species, which are commercially important, should be developed by the scientists to popularize the cage farming”, the minister said.

According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, CMFRI felicitated the couple to encourage the couple’s adventurous venture into the sea by breaking all the conventional norms existed in the society. “There are some superstitious beliefs in the society that women are not supposed to go to the sea for fishing. But, here a lady has courageously broken all these unreasonable customs and conventions and make a living out of the fishing”, he said adding that Rekha’s brave move is a sign of women empowerment mushrooming in the coastal community.

During the interactive meeting with the minister, fish farmers said a National Mariculture Policy is the need of the hour to popularize the cage fish farming in coastal waters. The fishermen said that the Union Government should consider the years’ long request of the fisher folk to form a separate Ministry for fisheries at the Centre.  The minister also interacted with scientists of the institute. Earlier, he visited the National Marine Biodiversity Museum at the ICAR-CMFRI.

The minister also interacted with scientists of the institute. Earlier, he visited the National Marine Biodiversity Museum at the ICAR-CMFRI.

 

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Indian Mariculturists Meet at CMFRI

Indian Mariculturists Meet at CMFRI

Marking the 37 years of mariculture education, research and development in the country, eminent scientists, policy makers, research managers, academicians, industrialists, bankers and administrators who finished their academic programmes in mariculture at the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) met at the Headquarters of the institute in Kochi on 8th and 9th April 2017.

Around 200 experts from across the country including Dr J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries) of ICAR, Dr C Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences in Shivamogga, Padma Bhushan Prof. M V Pylee, renewned educationist and former Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology, Dr E G Silas, former Director of ICAR-CMFRI, Dr K K Vijayan, Director of ICAR-CIBA and Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI along with 50 industrialists in marine fisheries and aquaculture attended the meet.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr J K Jena urged the industrialists to invest money in mariculture in order to increase the fish production in the country. Referring to the present crisis in capture fishery, he asked the industrialists in the sector to come forward and concentrate on mariculture apart from taking up entrepreneurial initiatives in shrimp farming.

The alumni of mariculture batches of post graduate and doctoral programmes at the ICAR-CMFRI is a major force in the development of India’s marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors, actively involving in the policy frameworks, research, administration and entrepreneurial initiatives.  Based on the FAO-UNDP guidelines and funding, the P.G. and Ph. D. programmes in mariculture were started at the ICAR-CMFRI in 1979 with the affiliation of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). In 1993, the programmes were shifted to the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai.

Dr P S B R James, former Director of ICAR-CMFRI, Dr Vedavyasa Rao, Dr A Noble, Dr P Jayasankar, Dr Suresh Kumar and P Surendran spoke on the occasion.


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Cage aquaculture becoming a hit in Kerala under CMFRI's guidance

Cage aquaculture becoming a hit in Kerala under CMFRI’s guidance

The coastal aquaculture in Kerala is set to get a major boost, as the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi is popularising the cage fish farming model among the farming and non-farming communities across the State. The less expensive farming model is increasingly becoming a hit among the Keralites, helping to increase the aquaculture production.   The Mariculture Division of ICAR-CMFRI provided technical capacity enhancement training to 50 people from seven districts in the State on how to launch cage farming commercially important fish varieties suitable to the Kerala waters at the Headquarters in Kochi during 16th and 17th March.

The training was part of a continuous process the institute has been providing to those interested in the less expensive farming model under the All India Network Project on Mariculture (AINP-M) across the country. In Kerala, the ICAR-CMFRI provided technical support to those interested in the cage culture to equip them launch the farming by giving guidance on areas such as cage fabrication and installation, site identification, seed selection, feed management and trading. The training is aimed at helping the people to become successful entrepreneurs in cage fish farming. 

Impact of Training

Soon after the training, the participants launched the cage farming of fish varieties such as pearl spot, seabass, red snapper, tilapia and giant trevally in the brackish and fresh water bodies in their respective regions. It is noteworthy that by 31st March 2017, around 40 farmers turned into cage farming venture, laying a solid base for ushering in ‘fish revolution’ in the State.
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Cost effective technology

According to ICAR-CMFRI’s technology, cages made of GI pipes with a dimension of 4m X 4m X 3m (length, breadth and depth and a volume of 48 cubic metre) is suitable for farming in Kerala waters. The depth of the cage may vary depending on the depth of the water body.  Seabass and pearl spot could be cultured in same cage simultaneously. Around ₹ one lakh is adequate for installing the cage and stocking seeds of seabass and pearl spot in a cage, in addition to the fresh feed cost which requires another ₹ 60,000 for a cage.  About  1000 numbers each seabass and pearl spot seeds could be stocked in a cage of this size.  After six months, seabass is expected to attain weight of 700 g to 1.2 kg and pearl spot 200 to 250 g depending on the stocking size of the seeds (about 50 g). An average 700 kg of seabass and 250 kg of pearl spot could be harvested from one cage itself within six to seven months of culture with a survival rate of 90 per cent. The farmer will get around ₹  650 for a kilo of seabass and ₹ 550 for pearl spot in market.
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CMFRI Opens New Regional Research Centre in West Bengal

CMFRI Opens New Regional Research Centre in West Bengal

  • Centre to offer research for development of marine fisheries of Bengal and Odisha 
  • Conservation and sustainable harvest of Hilsa fish prime focus

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has opened a new regional research centre in Digha, West Bengal with an aim to fulfil the research and development needs for the marine fisheries in West Bengal and Odisha. This is the 11th regional research centre of the CMFRI, the largest fisheries research institute in the country under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

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Research on Hilsa

The centre will primarily focus on assessing the important commercial marine fish stocks of the West Bengal including Hilsa, a popular fish variety in the region. At a time when the availability of Hilsa is showing a drastic decline in recent years, the CMFRI centre will focus on research activities for the conservation and sustainable harvest of the fish species developing effective resource management practices.

The centre will provide advisories to the Bengal and Odisha governments on the optimum number of fishing vessels and the option for management of fish stocks in the State by way of regulations.  Regular monitoring of marine landings and assessment of fish stocks will be carried out under the centre to help the State in managing the marine fish resources of the region ultimately benefitting the fishermen. The mariculture technologies of commercially important fishes developed by the CMFRI will be popularised and promoted in the State in tune with environmental and geographical aspects of the region.

Dr J K Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries) of ICAR, who was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, said the new research centre in Digha is aimed at catering to the need of marine fisheries research of the State and generating livelihood for the coastal fisher folk. “Though sporadic research has been carried out on the marine capture fisheries and mariculture in West Bengal and parts of Odisha, a focussed approach is lacking. It is with this intention the ICAR-CMFRI has opened a new research Centre in the State”, he said.  “CMFRI has been developing fisheries management plans for each maritime state. The management policy guidelines are being designed in such a way that helps in scientific management of marine fisheries for each state”, he said.

 Estimates on potential yield, optimum fleet size and optimal combination of engine power and craft size will also be major contributions from the Centre to the State. Climate change issues affecting coastal habitats and fisheries could more efficiently be addressed by the new Centre. 

The Digha Centre will also conduct capacity building and awareness programmes on conservation and management of fish resources to improve the livelihood of the fishermen community.

The other 10 Regional Research Centres of CMFRI are located in Mandapam, Chennai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Calicut, Karwar, Vizhinjam and Veraval.

Training programme

A training programme on marine cage culture was conducted at the Centre in collaboration with the West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences. A total of 54 fish farmers and fishermen from various associations of East Midnapur district participated in the training programme. The engineering and economic aspects of cage farming operations such as cage design and fabrication, operations and the policies for the farming were educated among the participants.


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