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In a harmonious convergence of scientific inquiry and eco-conscious zeal, an unique symposium “The SEAmposium” was jointly organized by Ecofolks, Mumbai, The Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Botanical Udyan & Zoo, (VJB Udyan & Zoo), Byculla and ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai on 2nd September, 2023 in the 3 D auditorium of the VJB Udyan & Zoo. The objective of the event was a call to action for ocean conservation, a cause that resonates through the very heartbeat of our planet.

The SEAmposium was a bustling congregation of fisheries experts, social scientists, ocean advocates, marine biologists, environmental enthusiasts and the audience comprised of young kids to senior citizens. CIFE students from each division participated in this SEAmposium making it a grand success. CIFE team also got the opportunity to see the Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti).

The participants were bound by a common thread of reverence to for forge a deeper understanding of the environment and oceans, discuss the pressing issues at hand, and explore innovative solutions to safeguard the seas that sustain us. It served as an important platform for bringing together the stakeholders related to the ocean.

Starting the programme, Shri. Paresh Pimpale, the founder of Ecofolks, introduced the audience to the second edition of “SEAmposium”. Shri. Pimpale articulated that the genesis of SEAmposium was done in 2022 with the inspiration from revered Girimitra Samelan and the Himalayan Club. He mentioned that this was the birth of a vision, a vision that has now become an annual event of paramount importance, one that nurtures and celebrates the intricacies of oceanic life. After this, the Keynote speaker Dr. Sanjay Tripathi, Director of VJB Udyan & Zoo, addressed the session with the fundamental principles of “O-Ocean conservation, C-Community, E-Edutainment, AArt and Adventure, N-Native people”. He mentioned that all are interconnected like the oceans creating synergies that can mitigate the human impact. In his address, Dr. Sanjay Tripathi mentioned that this zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country established in 1862. He was proud to mention that this is the only zoo in the country to have successfully introduced Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) and the number of penguins is now doubled by captive breeding, following the
international protocols. He added that this has become a major attraction for all visitors.

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