Since its inception in the year 1986, the AFSIB has been active in many areas of fisheries development. The major achievements of the Indian branch are summarized below under 15 heads.
1. THE TRIENNIAL INDIAN FISHERIES FORUM 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011.
Commencing in 1987, till now the AFSIB has conducted 9 Indian Fisheries Forum at various locations successfully. All these were well attended and the Branch was able to bring together researchers, students, technocrats, policy makers, entrepreneurs, fish farmers and public under one umbrella. It is gratifying to note that proceedings of all Forum up to 2008 have been brought out . The IFF has become a much awaited event and the largest gathering of fisheries professionals in the country.
2. WORKSHOPS / SEMINARS ON CURRENT ISSUES
Numerous seminars and workshops have been conducted by the branch on many topical issues such as Exotic Species, Freshwater Prawn, Reservoirs, Ovaprim, Fisheries Education, the details of which are presented elsewhere. The proceedings of all workshops have been published.
3. PROMOTING UPSTREAM RESEARCH THROUGH YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS
The Indian Branch has instituted up to 10 Young Scientists Awards during the Indian Fisheries forum. Many promising students and scholars have been selected for these awards which comprise a cash award and citation.
4. BRINGING OUT PUBLICATIONS, PROCEEDINGS
The AFSIB has brought out the proceedings of all Indian Fisheries forum and workshops. The list of publications may be seen elsewhere in this website
5. RECOGNIZING SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS THROUGH H.P.C.SHETTY AWARD, PROF.MATTY & PROF.PANDIAN AWARD
From the interest accrued from award deposits, these two awards are given away to the best science as adjudged by an expert committee through a competitive process. Several eminent scientists have been awarded these prestigious awards in the past. Announcements for these awards will be posted in this website before every Indian Fisheries Forum.
6. CONDUCTING RESEARCH & CONSULTANCIES
The AFSIB had taken up contract research and consultancies in the past. It is planned to take up further work on similar lines in the future using the expertise and vast intellectual capacity available in the members of the Indian Branch.
7. REPRESENTING INDIA IN THE COUNCIL THROUGH ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS
Since the inception, India had two slots for council members in the parent body. Currently we have only one Council Member. The aspirations of the Indian Branch are presented before the parent body and common agenda evolved.
8. PARTICIPATING IN THE ASIAN FISHERIES FORUM
There have been very good participation in the International Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum in the past. In the 9th AFAF held in Shanghai during April 2011, there were about 25 participants from India. We expect a larger participation in the 10th AFAF in Korea in April, 2013.
9. HOSTING THE INTERNATIONAL 8TH ASIAN FISHERIES FORUM IN KOCHI IN 2007
In 2007, the Indian Branch was entrusted with the challenging task of organizing the 8th AFF. This event was very ably organized by the Indian Branch at Le Meridien Kochi where over 700 scientists from India and 385 from 33 other countries participated. This was the largest event held so far in India in the area of fisheries and was a grand success both in its scientific content, presentations, management, and overall level of satisfaction among the participants. This was a feather in the cap of AFSIB and the event will be remembered for long.
10. ESTABLISHING STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FUND
During the 9IFF, the Branch announced setting up a corpus of INR 10,00,000 (Ten lakhs) for funding travel of full time research students for participation in the International Asian Fisheries Forum. This will enable larger participation of student community in this international event and will certainly make Indian research more visible in the Asian region. This is a major initiative of the society to promote good research in the student community.
11. CONSTRUCTING THE HEAD QUARTERS BUILDING AT MANGALORE
The need for a permanent head quarters building for the Society was long felt and the dream came true in the year 1989 with the construction and commissioning of the AFSIB HQ in the campus of the College of Fisheries, Mangalore . this was possible through the allocation of 10 cents of land on long lease by the University of Agricultural Sciences and generous grants by the Govt. of Karnataka and MP’s area development funds. The building is fully functional and the Society has its day today administrative activities managed from this building.
12. NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT, NEWSLETTER, DISCUSSION GROUPS
The Indian Branch had a member strength of over 700 in the early days. Due to the issue of annual dues payment, the number declined in the recent past. However, new initiatives to rebuild the membership base is yielding excellent results because of the dedicated work of a few Members of the society. Those readers who are not members of the society are requested to download the application form from this website and send to the secretary along with payment and support the activities of the Society.
13. SIGNING MOU WITH NBFGR, LUCKNOW FOR THE 10TH INDIAN FISHERIES FORUM
The AFSIB is moving towards more professional management of its affairs and in tune with this outlook, a MOU has been signed for conducting the 10th Indian Fisheries Forum in Lucknow during 2014 under the aegis of the National Bureau of fish Genetic Research (NBFGR).
14. CELEBRATING THE SILVER JUBILEE YEAR 2012 THROUGH ORGANIZING A GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM ON AQUATIC RESOURCES AND HUNGER & MALNUTRITION
25 years are reasonably long time for any organization and it is time the AFSIB celebrate the occasion suitably. A Global symposium is being planned during December 2012 at Mangalore, the venue of the First Indian Fisheries Forum. Please see the details of the Global symposium in this website. All are invited to participate and share the joy of being part of this great organization.
15. DEVELOPING LINKAGE WITH OTHER SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES, FORUM, SOCIAL NETWORKING THROUGH FACEBOOK
Reaching out to other professional organizations is a part of the AFSIB’s development agenda. The present website has links to a few of such organizations with which the Society has close linkages. Such linkages help towards achieving common goals as all are working towards welfare and development of fisheries and fishers. Please get in touch with the AFSIB for further linkages.
Text by Prof .M .J .Modayil