Kochi: The Centre For Marine Living Resource and Ecology (CMLRE) in Kochi needs to grow as a National Centre to coordinate all spheres relating to the sector and to develop the country’s ecosystem based management strategies relating to the seas, according to Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
Speaking to senior scientists/officers of CMLRE at Kakkanad, in Kochi during his recent visit, the Minister showed keen interest in understanding the scientific activities with regard to Marine Living Resources (MLR).
The Minister extended all support for strengthening the infrastructure development in terms of sufficient manpower, new research vessel and new building. Dr Harsh Vardhan also expressed interest in participating a short scientific cruise onboard FORV Sagar Sampada, to experience the research activities onboard.
CMLRE Director Dr. M. Sudhakar and senior scientist N. Saravanane explained the organizational structure, infrastructure including the status of the new campus and the new Fishery Oceanography Research Vessel (FORV) to replace the existing FORV Sagar Sampada, international collaborations and major scientific achievements made by the Centre.