5th February, 2019, Kochi
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) celebrated its 72nd Foundation Day celebrations at its Headquarters in Kochi and Regional Research Centres today. The Open House programme evoked a huge response from the public to enjoy the ringside view of marine wonders and to learn the latest developments in marine research. Nearly 5000 people visited the Headquarters of the institute located in Kochi, to watch in awe the splendours of aquatic organisms in the sea and to interact with the scientists.
The visitors were also left enthralled by watching the giant-sized Napoleon Wrasse, weighing 35 kg, at the National Marine Biodiversity Museum at the CMFRI. The museum showcased a wide array of marine species, such as, sea hares, flying squid, horse shoe crab, sea snakes, sea birds, pearl oyster, sea cow, sharks, penguin, dolphin, etc.
The CMFRI museum is regarded as the national designated registry of marine species having a total collection of around 3,000 marine specimens.
During the occasion, the visitors were also provided with an opportunity to see the display of pelagic, demersal, molluscan and crustacean fishery resources such as dolphin fish, rare species of sharks and rays, giant tiger shrimp and giant-sized crabs by the CMFRI.
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute)