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Workshop on Climate Resilient Aquaculture (CRA 17)

Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University organised a one day workshop on “Climate Resilient Aquaculture” (CRA’17) as a mark of World Environment DayCelebration on 05.06.2017. The workshop was conducted for creating awareness on the impact of climate change on aquaculture to staff and PG students of our University.

In the inaugural function, Dr.G.Sugumar, Dean, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi and Convener of the programmewelcomed the gathering and highlighted the importance of World Environment Day and that of climate change on aquaculture.Prof. Dr.P.Nammalwar, Former Principal Scientist, CMFRI (ICAR) was the chief guest. He emphasized that natural resources should be conserved for the future generation of this globe. The Vice Chancellor of Tamilnadu Fisheries University, Prof.S.Felix,presided over the function and in his presidential address stressed the need for adaptive mechanisms so as to have climate resilient aquaculture. He also insisted that PG / Ph.D. thesis of research scholars of this University should have atleastone objective on the impact of climate change in their research work.Dr.A.Srinivasan, Organising Secretary of the workshop proposed vote of thanks.

During the technical session, the event was proceededby the presentations by invited speakers. Prof.S.Felix, Vice-Chancellor delivered a special lecture on “Climate Resilient Aquaculture” with an overview of climate change including the specific impacts of climate change on fish and food security with special refrence to aquaculture.

Prof. Dr.P.Nammalwarspoke on “Climate Change related hazards and vulnerability assessment in the coastal in the coastal marine ecosystems in India”.

Prof. T.J.Pandian, National Professor (ICAR)gave his presentation on “Impact of climate change on Fisheries” in which he pointed out the negative effects of global warming on fisheries, especially growth, reproduction and geographic distribution range of fishes. Most specifically, he explained about the climate change effects on endocrine disruption and increased male ratio, altered breeding season and reduced number of spawners, reduced fecundity and egg size.

Dr.P.Krishnanm, Principal Scientist, NAARM, Hyderabadspoke on “Climate smart aquaculture – Trends and Opportunities” and insisted for the role of academic institutes to identify the research gaps in framing the policy for climate change mitigation.

Dr.M.Muralidhar, Principal Scientist, CIBA, Chennai elaborated the mitigation options of green house gases from aquaculture systems.

In total 108 participants including faculty staff and research scholars of this University attended the workshop.

          Finally, Dr.K.Riji John, Member, Technical Committee summarized the proceedings of the workshop.