6 November, 2012, Bhimtal
A two day national seminar on “Mountain Fisheries: Challenges and Opportunity For Livelihood Security “ was organized on 5-6 Nov. 2012 in commemoration of silver jubilee year of Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal, Uttarkhand. The seminar was inaugurated with silver jubilee flag hosting by Chief Guest, Dr. K.L. Sehgal, the founder Director of the institute. It was followed by the inauguration of exhibition by Dr. S.A.H Abidi, former member, ASRB.Dr. B. Meena Kumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR chaired the inaugural session. Dr P.Jayasankar, Director CIFA was guest of honour.
Dr. K.L. Sehgal, Chief Guest of the function expressed that inherent slow growth of coldwater fishes and uneven topography in the mountain region are major hurdles for the development of coldwater fisheries. Availability of feed ingredients for the formulation of artificial feed to reduce the cost of trout production is another concern. Appropriate enhancement programme to replenish the dwindling stock of Mahseers in the lakes, rivers and reservoirs of hill region is urgently required, he said.
Dr. B. Meenakumari appreciated the contribution of the institute in the development of coldwater fisheries sector. The breeding technology of the declining population of some cold water species needs to be standardised. In the near future, it will be surmounting task for the scientist to cope up with adverse effect of climate change. She stressed upon the role of nutritious feed and quality seed availability for the farmers of the Mountain region. During the lean period, the problem of water scarcity can be solved by the construction of polythene lined tank in the hilly areas to a certain extent, she added
Eminent scientists, dignitaries from ICAR, State Universities, State fisheries departments, NGOs, entrepreneurs, progressive farmers from various part of the country were felicitated by Dr. B. Meenakumari DDG and Dr. Mahanta for their untiring efforts and outstanding contribution for the development of coldwater fisheries sector in India. Retired members of DCFR were also felicitated for their sincere and dedicated services to the Directorate.
Dr. P.C. Mahanta Director, DCFR welcomed all the dignitaries, participants and media persons from various corner of the country. In the inaugural session, 8 books & bulletins and 25 extension leaflets were released by various eminent scientists and subsequently Coldwater fishery society of India (CFSI) was launched by Dr. S.P. Ayyar.
Dr. P.C. Mahanta was declared as the president of newly launched Coldwater Fisheries Society of India and Dr. K.L. Sehgal was conferred as first fellow of the society. Dr. D. Sarma proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal, Uttarkhand)