School of Fisheries FDP

School of Fisheries FDP

School of Fisheries FDP

A National webinar was conducted on Casting into the future of Fisheries and Aquaculture, on 22nd and 23rd June, 2021, organised by School of Fisheries, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Paralakhemundi, Odisha. The resource persons were well known eminent scientist in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. The webinar was blessed with the presence of the Chief Guest, Dr. B. P. Mohanty Assistant Director General (I.Fy), ICAR, New Delhi and Guest of honour, Dr. N. P. Sahu Joint Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai for the first sessions. Then in the afternoon session was rewarded with the resource persons such as Dr. M. Krishnan P.S. and Head (Retd.), Social Sciences Div., ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai and Dr. Latha Shenoy P.S. (Retd.), FRM Division, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai.

In this webinar more than 1026 number of participants were registered and attended the webinar online, including, students of fisheries all over India and other countries, farmers, stake holders, faculties, scientist, private entrepreneurs etc. The programme provided an opportunity to Faculty members, Research scholars, post graduate and under-graduate students to enrich their theoretical knowledge and research aptitude by lecture session of eminent speakers in area on sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and export. The aim of this webinar was to provide current scenario and trend of fisheries and aquaculture and how to develop it in a sustainable way forward to meet the nutritional security.


  1. Introduction to the Webinar: Fisheries & Aquaculture for Livelihood, Food & Nutritional Security and a Zero hunger world

Dr. B. P. Mohanty Assistant Director General (I.Fy), ICAR, began the webinar with an introductory presentation, first explaining briefly about the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Fisheries Science Division, about its vision “Fish for All for Ever’ and the mission, Sustainable growth of Indian fisheries and aquaculture by interfacing research, education and extension resulting in a proper fit between the human needs and the habitat, with an important role in global fisheries. Then he has explained about the important of food, nutrition and nutrients, FAO goal of world with out hunger, food security and identified key elements (figure 2). He emphasized that, fish can play an important role in preventing Protein-Calorie malnutrition. He has briefed about the micronutrients such as vitamin and minerals and their deficiency diseases and explained fish as a tool for fighting three dimensions of hunger; by emphasizing its important as a Superfood. Fish are important source of Quality Animal Proteins, rich source of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins), fish oils are rich source of PUFAs, especially w-3 EPA & DHA, rich source of and anti-oxidants, Small indigenous fishes are nutrient dense-rich source of Micronutrients (minerals and vitamins), fish – a source of all nutrients (except carbohydrates) and finally availability and affordability is better for fish compared to any other animal origin meat. Dr. Mohanty concluded his presentation by highlighting the importance of fish or nutrition security and livelihood security, fighting hunger, and alleviating malnutrition. He encouraged the webinar participants to eat more fish by illuminating that ‘Let Food be thy Medicine’.

  1. Moving towards feed-based aquaculture: Challenges and Strategies

Dr. N. P. Sahu Joint Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, an eminent scientist in fish nutrition in India has delivered the second lecture in the webinar regarding the topic Moving towards feed-based aquaculture: Challenges and Strategies. He has delivered about the importance of culture fisheries over capture fisheries, feed based aquaculture to boost fish production. He has also given a brief description about Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana – PMMSY and its highlights such as it is a scheme to bring about blue revolution through sustainable and responsible development of fisheries sector in India. The scheme intends to address critical gaps in fish production and productivity, quality, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, modernization and strengthening Value-Chain, traceability, establishing a robust fisheries management framework and fishers’ welfare. It will be will be implemented in all States and UTs for a period of five years

  1. Trends in seafood exports of India

Dr. M. Krishnan P.S. and Head (Retd.), Social Sciences Div., ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, an eminent scientist in the field of fisheries economics, India has delivered a class on trends in seafood exports of India, where he explained in detail about the impact of COVID 19 on seafood export and future challenges.

  1. Current status and road to sustainable marine fisheries development in India

Dr. Latha Shenoy P.S. (Retd.), FRM Division, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai a well-known scientist in the field of fisheries resource management, in India has delivered her lecture on the topic Current status and road to sustainable marine fisheries development in India. She has started the lecture with important role of fisheries in the Indian economy and presented revalidated marine fisheries resource potential of India (figure 3). Detailed about the issues in marine fisheries such as about 60% of global fish stocks are fully fished, 30% overfished and10% underfished, overfishing (biological overfishing, growth overfishing, recruitment overfishing, ecosystem overfishing), destructive fishing, bycatch/discards, climate change impact.
Then she explained about sustainable development goals (SDG) such as SDG 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and Indian scenario of SDG 14 (Figure 4). She has also given views on the sustainability and development in the context of PMMSY as it is a revolutionary scheme of Government of India that aims to bring about blue revolution in India through sustainable and responsible fisheries development. She concluded with management measures and technical interventions to mitigate impact of overfishing/unsustainable practices, Gear or exploitation related:Gear selectivity, banning specific gear practices, gear substitution, modifying or deploying a gear in a less harmful manner, Habitat related: Protecting vulnerable habitat and closed areas including MPAs, measures to reduce bycatch/discards.Followed by a questions and answer session and after the completion of the webinar certificates have been issued for all the participants online

Dr. A. K. Reddy superannuated as Principal Scientist in 2016 at ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai. Thereafter, he was appointed as ICAR Emeritus Scientist. His major areas of fields include Giant Freshwater Prawn seed production & culture, Carp seed production & culture, Shrimp Seed production & culture, Inland saline aquaculture, Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture in North Eastern States, Management of open water bodies through community participation and establishment of Carp, Shrimp and Prawn Hatcheries in various parts of India. He was involved in several research projects funded by NABARD, ICAR, DBT, DST and National Agricultural Innovation Project funded by World Bank through ICAR. He won Dr. Hiralal Choudari Award for “Transfer of Technology” and Dr. Hiralal Choudari Award for “Best Technical Staff” twice and was given the Distinguished Technologist Award by the Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Bhopal in 2002. He collaborated with Universidad Juarez Autonoma Tabasco, Mexico to establish a pilot hatchery for Macrobrachium carcinius and complete its life-cycle, and to train staff and students in 2013 and 2014.


Dr. Felix was the Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University. He has around 34 years of teaching experience and is specialized in Aquaculture and Aquaculture Biotechnology and Systems development. He mobilized more than 150 Crores for the University in the form of Research & Development grants and contributed for obtaining 12-B status from UGC and ICAR accreditation for TNFU. He developed over a dozen off-campus facilities for TNFU for the benefit of students & farmers and developed and introduced raceway culture technology for the first time in India. The Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park created at Madhavaram for ornamental fish culture is the first of its kind in the country. He created two new Fisheries Colleges for the University and developed 36 constituent units for the University all over the state in a short span of time. He has 10 patents published on various aquaculture technologies to his credit. He was the President (elect) of the World Aquaculture Society (Asia Pacific Chapter).


Dr. Sanath Kumar is a Principal scientist (Microbiology) in Post-Harvest Department of Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India. He completed his B.F.Sc., M.F.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology, College of Fisheries Mangalore. He has wide post-doctoral research experience in India and overseas laboratories in Japan, Germany and the USA. His research is on seafood-borne pathogens, their virulence mechanisms, physiology & genetics of pathogen persistence in food, antimicrobial resistance, toxins, membrane transporters of sugar and efflux pumps, metagenome analysis of disease causes in shrimps and microbial-mediated fish waste management. He has published over 90 research papers in peer reviewed international journals, several book chapters and popular articles.


Dr. Annam Pawan Kumar works as Senior Scientist in the Division of Fish Genetics and Biotechnology with ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education Mumbai. He worked as a Research Associate with the Department of Biology, University of Bogata, Columbia in 2013, to study about conservation of genetic resources. He was involved in several noteworthy projects funded by ICAR-CIFE, DST, Department of Environment and Forestry (GoI) and Department of Biotechnology (GoI). He was the recipient of Dr. Hiralal Chaudhary Gold Medal for securing first position in M. F. Sc. programme of Fish Genetics and Biotechnology of the academic year 2004-06 at CIFE, Mumbai, recipient of Prof. Ali Kunjhi Award for Best Ph.D. thesis in Fisheries in India during 2012 and recipient of “Best Young Faculty award” from ICAR-CIFE for the year 2014-15. He has a number of publications in acclaimed journals and has reviewed 52 research articles for 27 international journals.