Foundation day of ICAR-CMFRI today

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI), Mangaluru Research Centre, will remain open to public on February 3 on the occasion of its Foundation Day.

A press release said that an exhibition-cum-education programme will be organised. The Mangaluru Research Centre of CMFRI caters to the marine fisheries research needs of Karnataka. The research activities of the centre include marine fisheries research on capture, mariculture, biodiversity and marine environment monitoring.

The research centre continuously monitors the marine fish landings for stock assessment of major fish and shellfishes to develop suitable management advisories for sustained fish production.

The technology for farming of bivalves (mussels and oysters) using raft and rope method, crab fattening and fish culture in cages developed by the institute has been successfully demonstrated and transferred to aqua farmers. All the mariculture technologies developed by the institute have been widely accepted by the farmers and more than 500 estuarine cages and racks have been established all along the Karnataka Coast. The average production per cage of 6x2x2 m is one ton and each rack is 700 kg. Seed resource availability in five estuaries of Dakshina Kannada district has been surveyed and species suitable for capture based aquaculture identified.

The research centre has also surveyed the entire coastal, intertidal and estuarine areas of Karnataka and the rich aquatic biodiversity flora and fauna has been documented and studied. Biodiversity evaluation studies too have been initiated.

It has been monitoring the marine environment and health of the coastal waters in relation to fish production during the past seven decades and provided consultancy services for monitoring the coastal waters.

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