Mangaluru: St Aloysius hosts national conference on freshwater and marine fisheries in India

Press release

Mangaluru, May 10: The Department of Zoology at St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru organized a National Conference on Freshwater and Marine Fisheries in India on May 10.

Dr. AM Ramesh, CEO of Karnataka Academy of Science and Technology was the chief guest. Dr. Leo D’Souza SJ, director of the Applied Biology Laboratory, chaired the program. The principal, Dr. Praveen Martis, SJ, was the guest of honour. Dr. KV Rao, Director of the Pilikula Regional Science Centre, Dr. Alwyn D’Sa, Registrar and Hariprasad Shetty, Conference Secretary were on the dais.

Dr. Hemachandra Amin, HOD of the Department of Zoology and organizer of the conference hosted the gathering and highlighted the huge contributions that fisheries and aquaculture have on India’s economy and the livelihoods of its citizens.

Ian Castelino introduced the keynote speaker, Dr AM Ramesh, and explained his background and achievements.

The dignitaries opened the event by introducing goldfish into the aquarium as a symbolic gesture.

The keynote speaker, Dr. AM Ramesh, in his speech, shed light on the importance of fisheries and the various challenges faced by fishing industries. He also dwelt on the sustainability goals and their relevance for fisheries as well as on the blue revolution. Dr. Ramesh also pointed out that the year 2022 has been declared by the UN as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The Principal, Dr. Praveen Martin, SJ, in his address, commended the Department of Zoology for organizing and executing high level conferences over the years.
The Book of Abstracts, which is a collection of various research papers that were to be presented at the conference, was inaugurated by Dr. Leo D’Souza, SJ. In his presidential remarks, Dr. Leo D’Souza addressed the issues regarding Mangaluru fishers who are often sidelined and lead risky lives. He spoke about the initiatives of the community radio of the College ‘Sarang’ 107.8 FM for the welfare of fishermen. He also talked about the projects that could be started with the grants received by the college under the Karnataka Government’s Builder Project to study the different species of seaweed in coastal Karnataka.

Dr. Alwyn D’Sa encouraged students to propose sustainable businesses or projects with appropriate mentorship, for the coastal belt and wished the conference well.
Neola D’Souza hosted the program. Hariprasad Shetty proposed the vote of thanks. All dignitaries received portraits of aquatic life painted by students from the zoology department.

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