An International Workshop on “Marine Biotechnology and Shrimp Genetics Research” (IWMS’ 2017) was organized and conducted atHotel Vijayetha, Nagercoil on 27.10.2017 by Directorate of Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (DCeSA) ofTamil Nadu Fisheries University (TNFU), Nagapattinam.This program was inaugurated by Dr.Shaun M. Moss, Executive Director, Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii, USA. In his inaugural speech Dr. Shaun Moss indicated the great role of India in exporting shrimps to the United States of America and mentioned the possibility of increasing the production of shrimps in India through genetic improvement of the species. He also outlined the research and expertise of the Oceanic Institute in the genetic improvement of Penaeusvannamei.He wished this International Workshop will help in preparing the TNFU for its shrimp genetic research.
This programme was presided over byProf. S. Felix, Vice Chancellor of TNFU. In his presidential address he mentioned that the University is actively working for the development of aquaculture through DCeSA and under this Directorate, now the University is going to carry out the research in collaboration with the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii which is very positively expected.He also highlighted the need for genetics research in fishes and shrimps as this area is mostly neglected in the country. He expressed his preference for genetic improvement works in shrimps by Post Graduate and Doctoral research students of all the Universities and assured of all assistance by the TNFU.
The District Collector, Th. Sajjansingh R. Chanvan also made his presence in the programme and felicitated the Workshop and appreciated the efforts of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University and Directorate of Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture. He further assured of all assistance from the district administration for any projects leading to the development of the district and its people. In this context, he mentioned about the shrimp brood bank that has been established by the University in Ganpathipuram as a good attempt for the research in shrimp production.
Dr. AkshayaPanigrahi, Principal Scientist, Central Institute of BrackishwaterAquaculture, Chennai and Mr. Ravi Kumar Yellanki from Visakhapatnam were the other speakers in the programme. Topics such as Selective breeding of shrimps, Genetic improvement of Penaeusindicus, Need for the development of indigenous shrimp based farming systems, Challenges in the identification of the suitable species in Indian context, etc., were presented by the speakers. There was also a group discussion at the end of the programme in the evening. Among others, this progrmame was attended by 100 (restricted) registered participants that comprised of about 55 academics and 45 industry people. Participants were issued with the certificates and a souvenir was released on this occasion.
Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar, Director, DCeSA and Convener of IWMS’ 2017welcomed the gathering and Dr. C. Judith Betsy, Assistant Professor&Organising Secretary, IWMS’ 2017, KKGCeSA, Ganapathipuram, Nagercoilmade all the arrangements for the programme and proposed a vote of thanks to the participants and sponsors for this programme.