18th April 2016, Kochi
Dr.Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) visited ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Insititute, Kochi today. In his address, Director General stressed the importance of addressing issues in the fisheries sector in the context of Climate Change and directed that the institute should develop a database of all the new marine fish species discovered and described by the institute, since its inception.
Dr Mohapatra was accompanied by Shri Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, Additional Secretary (DARE) and Secretary, ICAR. He appreciated recent achivements of ICAR-CMFRI and highlighted the important role of Marine Fisheries in Indian economy.
On the occasion, DG released β Nodadetect – a single tube Reverse Transcription Loop mediated Isothermal Amplification (Single tube RT-Lamp) diagnostic kit for the detection of betanoda virus in infected marine fishes like cobia and sea bass. The kit is highly specific and cost effective. The online web based application for estimation of marine fish landings using PC tablets from the landing centres itself by the CMFRI survey staff, to facilitate quick data collation and retrieval was also launched on the occasion.
The Website of the Indian Marine Mammal Stranding and Sighting Network (IMMSSN) to be operated by ICAR-CMFRI was also launched.
The Malayalam translation of the FAO (UN) publication “Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small scale Fisheries in the context of Food security and Poverty eradication” and ICAR-CMFRI- KVK Newsletter were also released by the Director General on the occasion.
(Source: ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Insititute, Kochi)