NAAS Regional Chapter, Bhubaneswar & ICAR-CIFA organized National seminar on “Climate change: Impact on aquatic environment and fish health”

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Bhubaneswar: The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar in association with National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Bhubaneswar Chapter and Association of Aquaculturists (AoA), Bhubaneswar organized ‘National Seminar on Climate Change: Impact on Aquatic Environment and Fish Health’ on Wednesday at ICAR-CIFA, Kausalyaganga on the outskirts of the city. The seminar took stock of the present status of climate change pertaining to aquaculture. The eminent speakers who spoke on this occasion were Dr. H.Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Dr. A.K.Pal, Former Joint Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, Dr. K.V.Rajendran, HoD, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, Dr. M.K.Das, Former Head, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore,  Prof D.P. Ray, Principal Advisor, SOA University, Dr. S.P.Adhikary, Former VC, FM university, Balasore, Dr. K.Pradhan, Former VC, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Dr. P.Das, Former Director, RPRC, Bhubaneswar, Dr. A.T. Rao, Former Head, Pathology, Odisha Veterinary College, Padmashree Dr. A.K.Parida, Director, ILS, Bhubaneswar. Thirteen NAAS Fellows attended the program and a souvenir also released during the occasion. Global climate change is considerably affecting and will continue to affect the food supply said Dr.Pathak. He called for concerted efforts for developing mitigation and adaptation strategies to make Indian agriculture more climate resilient. Global warming leading to heavy or unprecedented rainfalls, floods, storms, cyclone, heat waves, droughts, etc. are responsible for economic loss in aquaculture and fisheries. Aquaculture farmers suffer from poor growth, mortality, poor reproductive integrity, increase in disease incidences in fish farming and there is no norm or guidelines to address these issues informed Dr J.K.Sundaray, Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar. The National seminar recommended the actionable strategies to mitigate the climate change impacts.  1. Climate resilient and water smart technologies have to be developed harnessing the cutting edge technological advancements and innovations.2. Successful adaptation measures should be documented and disseminated to the farmer communities. More emphasis must be given to climate education3. Recording and mitigation management  measures of emerging and reemerging pathogens should be looked into.  Around 70 research scientists from ICAR-CIFA, Officers from State fisheries dept., members of NAAS and AoA participated in this seminar. Dr P.K.Sahoo, National Fellow, ICAR-CIFA coordinated the seminar. The meeting ended with the vote of from Dr N.K.Barik, Joint Secretary, Association of Aquaculturists

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