Director General of Indian Council for Agriculture Trilochan Mohapatra has called for better utilisation of new technology, including induction of drones, to enhance the sustainable use of fisheries resources in the country.
He said that scientists from different research areas must join hands to improve predictability, deep sea exploration and induction of the latest technology to realise the call for a Blue Revolution even as the Union government was contemplating a deep sea mission.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day international symposium on remote sensing for ecosystem analysis and fisheries as part of Societal Application in Fisheries and Aquaculture Using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI-2). The programme is being hosted by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in the city.
Mr. Mohapatra highlighted the achievements of the Indian marine fisheries in terms of improving livelihoods and contributions towards the economy. Satellite remote sensing assumes significance in the context of the effective monitoring and management of marine resources.
The Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority, B. Meenakumari, was the guest of honour at the inauguration of the three-day symposium.
A. Gopalakrishnan, Director of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, which is hosting the event, welcomed the gathering. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General of ICAR; Lasse H. Pettersson, Director for International Cooperation and Management, Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Centre, Norway; N.R. Menon, Chairman of the CMFRI Research Advisory Committee and Nansen Environmental Research Centre, India; and M. Forster Director of the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull Rodney, spoke.
The opening day of the symposium saw sessions on biodiversity as well as aquatic environment and ecology.