The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has extended a helping hand to Bangladesh by providing technical support to improve its marine fisheries sector.

CMFRI imparted technical guidance in the area of marine fish stock assessment to the neighbouring country as part of a follow-up on the recommendations of the India-Bangladesh Joint Working Group (JWG) on cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture.

Training programme

A total of 12 middle-level officials from the Bangladesh Fisheries Department, Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute in Mymensing and the Institute of Marine Science and Fisheries, University of Chittagong, were trained at the CMFRI headquarters in Kochi.

A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI, said the training was aimed at helping them develop necessary manpower and expertise in marine fish stock assessment and encourage research in the area.

The training will be helpful to develop the data collection system for generation of fishery and biological inputs towards the conservation and sustainable management of marine fishery resources, he said.

The participants felt the technical guidance rendered by CMFRI was a valuable support to Bangladesh to conserve and manage Hilsa, a popular fish variety in their country.