Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited Vizhinjam and Visakhapatnam Regional Research Centres of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 28th October and 7th November 2017 respectively.
The indigenous Re-Circulatory Aquaculture System (RAS) developed by the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI was dedicated to the nation by the DG, ICAR during his visit to Visakhapatnam Regional Centre on 7th November 2017. Established for broodstock maturation and spawning of marine finfish, the RAS facility will help overcome the challenges in maintaining live broodstock in sea which involves high costs, bio-security problems and possible impacts on marine ecosystem. This system minimizes consumption and wastage of water.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra observed the functioning of the RAS where broodstock of orange spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) and Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) are being maintained currently. He visited the newly developed Artemia culture unit and the copepod culture unit besides the broodstock facilities at the Centre. Dr Mohapatra also visited the mariculture hatchery of the Centre where he saw larvae of grouper at various stages of development, fingerlings and live feed facility including mass culture of algae and rotifers. The DG released ICAR-CMFRI’s book titled “Prioritized Species for Mariculture in India” and interacted with the scientists and staff members of the Institute along with stakeholders.
During his visit to the Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 28th October 2017, Dr Mohapatra appreciated the achievements made by the Centre and shared his view on research activities with the scientists at the Centre. After visiting the Marine Research Aquarium and other facilities at the Centre, the DG, ICAR urged the scientists to focus more on implementation and widespread dissemination of technologies developed for better adoption among regional, national and global user groups. The Director General requested to have more active collaboration with the State Department functionaries and to maintain regular interaction with the department officials.
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI appraised him of the activities being carried out by the Centre.
The DG was accompanied by Assistant Director General ICAR (IPTM & PME) and Directors and Scientists from various Institutes of ICAR such as CTCRI, CIFT, CSSRI, CPCRI, IIHR and ATARI.
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi)