Director's Desk

 Our untiring efforts in collection of marine fish landings data and stock assessment received international recognition,  when we organized the International Regional Training course on “Strengthening Fisheries Data Collection and Stock Assessment” jointly with Fishery Survey of India under funding from the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO). The participants were junior and middle level officials from member countries - Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

We are glad to inform that after series of discussion at different levels, the Ministry of Agriculture has in principle accepted to recognize CMFRI’s fisheries data as the Official Statistics of Government of India under certain pre-requisites.  This is a credit for all of us (or reward for our patient and hard work)  as so far we have been only witnessing the use of our data by different agencies to suit their objectives without giving due to credit to our efforts in publishing the voluminous  landing statistics for the last 40 years.

In continuation of our breakthrough in cobia breeding, we have successfully employed PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) for tagging cobia and pompano broodstock at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI for the first time.  The tagging helps to identify the brooder reared in cage so that we can reproductive history of tagged fish and improves our efficiency.

We are glad to inform that the open access online Indian Journal of Fisheries in ICAR website was launched by Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR Dr S Ayyappan, which will improve the visibility of our research publications at global level which in turn will increase the journals impact factor.  The Director General also dedicated the newly extended wing of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology lab-cum-office complex and mariculture laboratories of the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI to the nation.  

All these developments were the result of our untiring and committed efforts towards achieving our goal. We shall resolve to continue our efforts in the forthcoming years.

With best wishes.

                                                                                                                               (G.Syda Rao)

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