CMFRI’s coral reef research is gaining national recognition

Research on coral reefs at the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has received national recognition and Alvin Anto, a young professional at the institute, has applied for the prestigious Hasmukh Shah Memorial Award for Ecological Research 2023 in the research category. The award includes a cash prize of ₹ 2,000 and a certificate of appreciation. Anto was recognized for extensive research on the resilience of coral reefs in the Lakshadweep Islands, highlighting the increasing threats these critical ecosystems face due to climate change and other human-induced factors.  Sponsored by the Gujarat Ecological Society and the Kachnar Trust, the Hasmukh Shah Memorial Award aims to honor and reward individuals who have made significant contributions to the research, development, or implementation of innovative environmental, technical, or social solutions that address and mitigate sustainability or social issues. 

This award is particularly important because it helps promote sustainable management of coral reefs. These approaches aim to develop strategies to conserve, protect, and restore these sensitive marine habitats.  An avid ocean enthusiast and  PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified Dive Master, Anto has led several underwater studies focusing on coral reefs and associated marine life along the Indian coast and its islands. His work has helped provide valuable insights and information relevant to ongoing conservation efforts. He is also part of the CMFRI team conducting research on coastal marine mammals.   The award will be presented during the Hasmukh Shah Memorial Lecture to be held on January 5, 2024, at the Federation of Gujarat Industries, Vadodara.

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