Fisheries research institutes in the country are facing various challenges, said Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) deputy director general (Fisheries) B Meenakumari. She was addressing the gathering at a function organised at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in connection with handing over the new research vessel for CMFRI on Wednesday.
“Research institutes are often forced to outsource operation of their research vessels as institutes are not able to pay a heavy salary for the captain and crew,” she said.
Earlier, research vessel F V Silver Pompano, which was built at Goa shipyard was handed over to the CMFRI authorities at a function held at the National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training jetty. The vessel was built under the National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture. FV Silver Pompano, which is 19.75m long, will be used for carrying out fisheries-related research in territorial waters.
The vessel will be used for experimental trawl fishing — bottom and mid-water trawling using Issac-Kid mid water trawl system and collection of oceanographic parameters and marine samples from the sea.