18th April 2016, Kochi
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) launched the 19.75 m multi-purpose fishing vessel, FV Sagar Harita, built under the project “Green Fishing Systems for the Tropical Seas” funded by National Agricultural Science Fund (ICAR-NASF) in a function organized by ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi here today. In his address, Dr Mohapatra stressed the need for responsible harvest of natural resources and added that status of each potential resource should be appraised in the context of threat to diversity, changes with respect to climate issues, and economic value. He congratulated the CIFT team for bringing out the green fishing vessel in time and opined that the new vessel, will serve as a model that reduces pollution and better addresses the environmental concerns as it is fuel efficient and produces lesser quantity of greenhouse gases. He also exhorted that this vessel will be useful for research work and training of fisher folk in modern methods of fishing.
Shri Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, (Additional Secretary DARE & Secretary ICAR) while addressed the gathering, complimented CIFT team for the novel development.
Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science , ICAR ) presided over the function.
R Adm. Shekhar Mital, NM, IN (Retd., Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard, Ltd.), Ms. Leena Nair, IAS (Chairperson, Marine Products Export Development Authority), Dr. K. Gopakumar (Former DDG Fisheries, ICAR) also addressed the gathering.
Dr. P. Pravin, Additional Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, Dr. Pawan Kumar Agrawal, Assistant Director General (National Agricultural Science Fund) and Shri R.C. Sinha, Director, CIFNET, Kochi also present on the occassion.
Dr. Ravishankar, C.N. (Director, ICAR-CIFT) welcomed the gathering and Dr. Leela Edwin, (Head, Fishing Technology Division, ICAR-CIFT) proposed vote of thanks.
Mrs. Kalpana Mohapatra, wife of Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra also graced the occasion and joined in launching the new vessel alongwith other dignitaries at NIPHATT Jetty, Kochi.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin)