Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute is to be merged with Mangalore centre

  • CMFRI has set the shifting process in motion by writing a letter to the CPWD, Mysore
  • ICAR has taken a policy decision to have only one research centre in each coastal State

    Karwar: The decision of the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) to merge the Karwar centre of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) with the Mangalore centre has been resented by the public at large and fishermen in particular of Uttara Kannada district.

    CMFRI has set the shifting process in motion by writing a letter to the Central Public Works Department, Mysore, to make the valuation of the building located at Baithkol to handover the same either to the Navy or to the Port authorities of Karwar along with 13 guntas of land.

    It has also written a letter to Deputy Conservator of Forests, Karwar, to take possession of 2.3 acres of forestland in Kodibag, which was leased out to CMFRI for 20 years. The Karwar centre has its laboratory here.

    Economy measure was said to be the reason for such a decision. A policy decision was taken by ICAR to have only one research centre in each coastal State, it is said.

    A delegation of various fishermen's associations has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner with a request to impress upon CMFRI not to merge the Karwar centre with the Mangalore centre.

    Interestingly, the Karwar centre has its own building whereas the Mangalore centre is located in a rented building. In such a case, the Mangalore centre should have been merged with the Karwar centre, it is being said.

    Moreover, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have more than one research centre each.

    At present, the Karwar research centre has been catering to the needs of fishermen of Uttara Kannada district and also Goa State.

    It is engaged in the transfer of technology to fishermen regarding culture of prawns, mussels, crabs, clams and seahorse by conducting workshop and demonstrations.

    It has undertaken stock assessment of fisheries resources in the Karwar and Goa coasts by conducting fisheries census. It has been collecting data on hydrology and conducting studies on marine pollution to help fishermen.

    The Brackish Water Farmers Development Agency (BFDA) and Marine Product Export Development Agency (MPEDA) have been interacting with the Karwar centre to take its advice as regards fishing activities.

    The Karwar centre is engaged in mangrove vegetation in the district on a large-scale. It has been creating awareness among the public about conservation of mangroves.

    It also offers technical and scientific guidance to self-help groups and Stree Shakti Groups. It has been recognised for Ph.D studies by the Karnatak University, Dharwad. Students from different States visit the centre seeking knowledge of fisheries and biodiversity in the district.

    Pointing out that the Karwar research centre was established in 1948, the public have urged the Government to take steps preventing the NCAR from merging the Karwar centre with the Mangalore centre.