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CMFRI to utilise satellite technology for future growth

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on January 08, 2018

To improve the country’s fisheries sector, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) is now focusing on utilising the satellite data for the favour of marine fisheries.

Exploring the prospects of India’s remarkable achievements in the satellite technology, CMFRI will take steps to utilize ocean related data being provided by various satellites to accelerate the growth of the marine fishery.

The institute is in the process of using satellite data for scores of ocean related studies and analysis with a special focus to identify areas of fish abundance (fishing grounds, critical habitats etc.), to provide advisories to fishermen about the nature of ocean, to understand in-advance various ocean phenomenon such as mud bank and changes in sea-surface temperature and to predict the changes occurring in ocean ecosystem owing to climate change.

As part of utilising the global expertise to develop required framework for the purpose, CMFRI has forged a linkage with the SAFARI (Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery), an international project developed under the umbrella of Group on Earth Observation (GEO), currently ‘Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ initiative of the United Nations.

CMFRI will host the second international symposium of SAFARI in Kochi in January 15 to 17 next year.

“At present we are unable to predict the fish abundance and there is a delay in assessing the areas of abundance and its dissemination to fishermen. Similar to weather predictions, there is a need to generate prediction based advisories to be given to fishermen so that they will have time to plan their harvest operations”, said Grinson George, Senior Scientist at CMFRI and the coordinator of the symposium.

Those who are interested to present relevant papers at the symposium may also send their abstracts online. Participants and contributors are requested to submit the applications and abstracts online to the website www.safari2.org.in on or before October 31.

Published on October 12, 2017

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