Recognizing the importance of the emerging oceanic tuna fisheries in Indian economy, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin and the Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training, Cochin jointly organized a National Trainers’ Training Programme on Monofilament Long Lining for ten stakeholders sponsored by the Department of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu, Govt. of Tamil Nadu during 24 - 28 March, 2014.
The training programme was inaugurated by Shri R.C. Sinha, Director, CIFNET, Cochin on 24 March, 2014 and the function was presided by Dr. T.K. Srinivasa Gopal, Director, CIFT, Cochin. Dr. Leela Edwin, Principal Scientist &Head of Division, Fishing Technology welcomed the gathering and Dr. P. Pravin, Principal Scientist proposed the vote of thanks.
The training programme was attended by nine fishermen from Tamil Nadu and an official from the State Fisheries Department, Tamil Nadu. The five days training programme consisted of both theory and practical classes. The theory subjects covered were: (i) Tuna resources of India, (ii) Long line fishing techniques for tuna, (iii) Deck machinery for monofilament tuna long lining, and (iv) Sea safety, Seamanship and Navigation. A fishing voyage on monofilament long lining was organized for three days on board CIFNET training vessel M.V. Prashikshani. Fishing operations on were carried out at 090 52.7 ‘N 0750 25.425’E in depth of 1700 m. The participants were familiarized with handling, shooting and hauling of the monofilament long lines. A total of 270 hooks were operated.
Theory classes on Sea safety, Seamanship and Navigation was held at CIFNET Cochin, The Valedictory functionwas held at CIFNET on 28 March, 2014. Dr. Jomon Joseph, Chief Instructor, (FT) & Head, Fishing Technology Division, CIFNET, Cochin welcomed the gathering. Dr. T. K. Srinivasa Gopal, Director, CIFT, Cochin was chief guest of the function and he distributed the certificates to the trainees. Shri R.C. Sinha, Director, CIFNET, Cochin also addressed the gathering. Trainee representative gave the feedback of the training programme and requested for arranging marketing links for export of sashimi grade tuna. Shri. M.V. Baiju, Senior Scientist & Naval Architect, CIFT Cochin proposed the vote of thanks.
This is the first batch of the National Trainers Training Programme on monofilament long lining. It is proposed to conduct series of training programmes for the benefit of fishermen and officials from different states of the country.
Shri R.C. Sinha, Director, CIFNET, Cochin Trainees from Tamil Nadu on board CIFNET
delivering the inaugural address Training Vessel M.V. Prashikshani
Trainees from Tamil Nadu along with Director,
CIFNET and faculty from CIFT and CIFNET