As it was not possible to hold open meetings due to Covid 19, AFSIB could not organize any programme for nearly one year. Alternatively, a Webinar Series was initiated in July 2021 in collaboration with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi. This lecture series was held every fortnight on zoom platform. Leading Fisheries Scientists were involved in the programme who delivered talks on various aspects of Fisheries and Aquaculture such as Blue Economy, Biodiversity, Neutraceuticals, RAS and Biofloc Aquaculture, Remote Sensing, Advances in Mariculture, Fish Genome, SDGs relevant to Fisheries and Aquaculture, etc.
2.Golden Jubilee FISHCO Festival
AFSIB co-sponsored the 3-day Golden Jubilee FISHCO Festival organized during 22nd to 24th October, 2018 and the 2-day All India Fisheries Colleges Cultural and Sports Meet (SHOAL-2018) conducted on 14th and 15th December, 2018 by the College of Fisheries, Mangalore.
A 2-day training programme on ‘Emerging Technologies in Aquaculture and Fish Processing for Enhancing Farmers Income’ sponsored by the Directorate of Fisheries, Government of Meghalaya was organized on 19th and 20th of November, 2018 for 30 Fisheries Field Officers of Meghalaya, in collaboration with Pillay Aquaculture Foundation Trust Indian Chapter (PAFT-IC) and Division of Fisheries, ICAR Research Complex for North East Hill Region, at Umiam, Shillong. Ms. A.L. Mawlong, MCS, Director of Fisheries, Meghalaya, inaugurated the programme and Dr. N. Prakash, Director, ICAR Research Complex presided. AFSIB Vice Chairman Dr. B.A. Shamasundar, Secretary Dr. P. Keshavanath, PAFT-IC President Dr. S.C. Pathak and Secretary Dr. M.N. Venugopal were the resource persons, in addition to Course Director Dr. Sanjay Kumar Das of the Research Complex.
AFSIB extended Association Support in the organization of BLUECON Sectoral Conference on Fisheries & Aquaculture-FISHTEC 2019 by the Maharashtra Economic Development Council with the theme ‘Sustainable Blue Revolution: Nutritional Security and Exports’ at CIDCO Exhibition & Convention Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra that brought together stakeholders from state and central governments, public sector enterprises, and the private sector in fisheries.
5.Marine Fisheries Improvement Project
AFSIB initiated a funded project on ‘Marine Fisheries Improvement’ operational along the west coast and south east coasts of India, in particular at the major marine fishing centres in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat and Union Territories of Puducherry and Daman and Diu. This project mainly aimed at sensitizing the coastal fisher folk and other stake holders on the need to follow the guidelines and regulations set by the respective State Governments for ensuring sustainability of the fishery resources through responsible and informed exploitation practices. It also aimed at sensitizing the fishers against illegal and destructive fishing activities which come under the IUU regime as per FAO. The project was formally launched in Mangalore on 25th July 2019 by Ms. M.J. Roopa, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada.
A series of 8 awareness programmes have been conducted in different maritime States. Of these 3 in Karnataka (Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar), one in Goa (Vasco da Gama) and 2 in Maharashtra (Ratnagiri, Mumbai) were organised in 2019, and the remaining 2 in Kerala (Vizhinjam, Neendakara) in 2020. Further progress of the Project was affected by the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Ms. M.J. Roopa, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada formally launching the ‘Marine Fisheries Improvement Project’ at Mangalore
Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry, Government of Kerala inaugurated the awareness programme in Vizhinjam.