ICAR-CIFRI conducts a workshop on Climate change impact on inland
fisheries: Status and way forward
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CIFRI) is a premier research institute having
distinction of generating relevant database on various facets of ecology and fisheries of inland waters.
Realizing the threat that climate change poses on the inland open water fisheries and biodiversity including
change in base flow, altered hydrology, thermal stress to aquatic flora and fauna, extended range and
increased occurrence of flood, habitat degradation, alteration in breeding and spawning behavior etc. the
institute organized a one-day workshop on 15.03.2019. The present workshop addressed four major
thematic areas viz., Inland open water fisheries management, Impact of climate change on inland open
fisheries, Vulnerability assessment of wetland fisheries in the context of climate change and climate
resilient adaptation strategies/techniques for inland fisheries. Ten eminent speakers were invited for speech
and experience sharing in the workshop. The inaugural session of the workshop was graced by Dr. A. G.
Ponniah, Former Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai & Chief Guest; Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI,
Barrackpore; Dr. M. Prabhakar, PI, NICRA, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad; Dr. (Prof.) B. B. Jana, Rtd.
Professor in Zoology and Vice Chairman, ICES, University of Kalyani, Dr. M. K. Das, Former Head,
Fishery Resources and Environment Management Division, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore; Dr. U. K. Sarkar,
PI, NICRA, ICAR-CIFRI & Head, RWF Division; Dr.Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, IMD, Alipore, Kolkata; Dr.
V. R. Suresh, Head, REF, ICAR-CIFRI; Dr. B.P. Mohanty, Head, FREM Division; Dr.Abhijit Mitra,
Former Head, Dept. of Marine Science, University of Calcutta, Dr. S. Adhikari, ICAR-CIFA, Kolkata, Dr.
(Prof.) S. K. Das, Dept. of Aquaculture, WBUAFS; Prof. Lalu Das, B.C.K.V.; Dr. U.K. Mandal, ICAR-
CSSRI, RC, Canning and all the scientists of the Institute.
At the outset, Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI welcomed all the distinguished guests highlighting their
brief work and achievement in the area of fisheries and aquaculture, and participants of the workshop. Dr.
U. K. Sarkar explained the objective of the workshop for the benefit of the participants. He urged the
participants to actively engage in deliberations during the workshop and come out with fruitful
recommendations and identify emerging areas of research in the next plan. Dr. A. G. Ponniah expressed
that ICAR-CIFRI has made significant strides in the area of climate change. He complimented the Director
Dr. B. K. Das and Dr. U. K. Sarkar for such achievements of the Institute. He was happy to be involved in
ranching of wild major carp seeds today in the river Hooghly at Barrackpore. He mentioned the case of
Penaeus vannamei introduction in India, the science of breeding/culture of the species was translated
successfully into a usable policy recommendation, which changed the shrimp culture scenario in India. He
reiterated that in addition to good science and publications, public money should lead to public goods
useful for the common people and farmers. Dr. M. Prabhakar complimented the team CIFRI for the
significant achievements under inland fisheries and also for organizing this workshop. He also mentioned
that CIFRI’s work under climate change is one of the best among all the partner Institutes. Dr. B. B. Jana
informed the participants that a significant portion of global biodiversity is under threat of extinction. The
programme was followed by two technical sessions and one session for poster presentation. The inaugural
session was compared by Ms Sukanya Som, Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI and ended with the vote of thanks
presented by Dr. S. K. Nag, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI. The workshop was convened by Dr. B. K.
Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI and coordinated by Dr. U. K. Sarkar, Principal Investigator, NICRA and Dr.
S.K. Nag, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI. The programme is expected to throw light on the future
research potentials in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in inland open waters
fishery and biodiversity.