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NIO celebrates its Foundation Day on 1 January
On the occasion of its 51st Foundation Day, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dona Paula remained open for public on Sunday, 1st January 2017. The visitors enjoyed the marine aquarium that simulates coral ecosystem with its colourful fishes, models of research ships, exhibits of instruments used for oceanographic research, specimens of marine
minerals rich in metals such as iron, manganese, copper, nickel, cobalt, and artefacts found by divers from ancient ship wrecks and marine archaeological sites, as well as films on ocean science, and also a public lecture on “Look to the Waters …" by an eminent scientist, Dr. S Ayyappan, NABARD Chair Professor, NDSI SRS, Bengaluru, in S.Z. Qasim Auditorium (NIO Auditorium), at 11.30 hrs.
In his lecture, he emphasised the role of fishery science and its contribution towards the Blue Economy of India. He mentioned that endowed with both marine and freshwater resources, India is a major fisheries and aquaculture country in the world, contributing nearly 5% of the AgGDP, 10% of agri-exports and providing livelihood for 14 million people. Identification of untapped potentials, be it island fisheries, reservoir fisheries, integrated farming, sport and ornamental fisheries, each one needs to be elaborated and action plans drawn up. A ten million-tonne fish country that India is, has to focus in greater measures on aquatic resources, in order not only to produce more food, but to address the starch to protein shift, increasing pressure on land, livelihoods and equity. Given the opportunities and the partnerships, it is poised to play an important role in the BlueEconomy of India.
Earlier Dr. Prasanna Kumar welcomed the gathering and Dr. Rahul Sharma proposed the vote of thanks.
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