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Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI celebrated World Environment Day-2023 on 5th June 2023 in the Quarters and office complex of VRC of CMFRI and Peda Jalaripeta fishing village, Visakhapatnam. In the morning hours, a tree plantation drive with staff members and their families in the quarters and office complex of VRC of CMFRI was initiated by Dr S. S. Raju, Principal Scientist and Head (i/c), VRC of CMFRI. Children and staff members actively participated and planted several saplings in the premises. In association with DHAN foundation, an Awareness Workshop cum Plantation drive along with the fisher folk of Peda Jalaripeta fishing village was also conducted between 2.30 to 5.00 pm.

 Dr. Loveson Edward L, Senior Scientist, sensitized the fishermen regarding the marine environment and climate change and how to harness the beneficial effects of climate change. Dr. Pralaya Ranjan Behera, Senior Scientist explained about the climate-smart approach needed to conserve the coastal biodiversity and to cope-up the ever-changing environmental conditions. An interactive discussion followed with fisher folks regarding their perception on climate change and the measures taken by them to overcome the hurdles they are facing due to it. The meeting ended with a few suggestions from fisher folks and ICAR-CMFRI initiatives towards environment-friendly maricultural activities to double the fisher’s income. Tree saplings were distributed to the fisher folks and a few saplings were planted along the fishing villages with the participation of fisher folks. Dr Pralaya and Dr. Leveson co-ordinated the events.

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