Training programme on “Application of Open source GIS Software for Inland Fisheries
management” organised by ICAR-CIFRI
Five days long training programme on “Application of Open source GIS Software for Inland
Fisheries management” in was organised at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore from 26-30
November 2018. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore in his address
emphasised the role of Geographical information system technology in fisheries research.
Through the use of this technology spatial and temporal information can easily be
disseminated. The Director congratulated the organizers and participants on successful
completion of the course.
The aim of this training was to propagate the use of open source GIS in Inland Fisheries
Research. Open source GIS has become a popular software in the past few years due to its
convenience of being free of cost and also allowing the user access and alter the source code.
Using Q-GIS as an open source GIS software had been the key focus of this training. The
foremost deliverable was building capacity of participants, to learn the nitty gritty of this
software like geo-referencing, vector analysis, overlaying, theme generation, GPS etc., so that
they can easily compose individual study area maps after completion of the training.
There are 12 participants from ICAR-CIFRI and ICAR- RCER Patna. More than 70% of
trainees were fresher to the subject and they were deftly introduced with the overview of GIS
in inland fisheries management. They had been evaluated both prior to the training as well as
after it and the results showed an 80% improvement in their performance. The participants
gave their valuable feedback and were happy with their knowledge enhancement.