25th March 2017, Digha, West Bengal
Dr.Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science)inaugurated a new regional research of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at Digha, West Bengaltoday. Dr Jena said the new research centre in Digha is aimed at catering to the need of marine fisheries research of the State and generating livelihood for the coastal fisher folk. “Though sporadic research has been carried out on the marine capture fisheries and mariculture in West Bengal and parts of Odisha, a focussed approach is lacking. It is with this intention the ICAR-CMFRI has opened a new research Centre in the State”, he added.
The Digha Centre, which is the 11th regional research centre of the ICAR-CMFRI, primarily focuses on assessing the important commercial marine fish stocks of the West Bengal including Hilsa, a popular fish variety in the region, and provide advisories to the State government on the optimum number of fishing vessels and the option for management of fish stocks in the State by way of regulations. The Centre, which is established with the support of the State Fisheries Department of West Bengal utilising their premises and infrastructure, will provide technical and scientific support to the government in future programmes.
Apart from capture fisheries, the mariculture technologies of commercially important fishes developed by the ICAR-CMFRI will be popularised and promoted in the State in tune with environmental and geographical aspects of the region.
The centre will play a pivotal role in improving the regular monitoring of marine landings and assessment of fish stocks of the state and this in turn will help the State in managing the marine fish resources of the region ultimately benefitting the fishermen. Estimates on potential yield, optimum fleet size and optimal combination of engine power and craft size will also be major contributions from the Centre to the State. Climate change issues affecting coastal habitats and fisheries could more efficiently be addressed by the new Centre.
(Source: ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute)