Satellite Data for Spatial Mapping of Marine Fisheries

Kochi, India – According to recent news reported by The Hindu,  The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) will make use of remote sensing satellite data for the spatial mapping of marine fisheries and mangrove resources in the country.

Speaking at the valedictory function of the Winter School organised by CMFRI to train young researchers in using satellite remote sensing data, A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI said

The spatial mapping of marine fisheries resources would help in locating fishing areas, navigational channels, and protected areas distinctively in open sea waters.

He added that as part of the marine fisheries management initiative, CMFRI had launched a research project to analyse the productivity of sea waters utilising satellite data. The study is aimed at correlating data on the presence of chlorophyll in waterbodies collected physically with data generated by satellites.

Besides, CMFRI has inked a pact with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), for conducting a collaborative study to assess blue carbon emissions and their sequestration.

Mr. Gopalakrishnan added that remote sensing data would also be used to locate suitable sites for cage fish farming in sea waters. “Selection of ideal sites is important for expanding cage farming ventures systematically for a better yield. At the same time, site selection is crucial for not disrupting the environmental equilibrium of the coastal ecosystem,” he observed.

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