The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, under the Indian Council of Agricultural\ud Research has been undertaking basic, strategic and applied research in marine fisheries for the\ud past six decades. Marine Biodiversity Division was evolved in CMFRI during 2004 with a view\ud to focus more attention in the field of biodiversity research as this topic gained importance\ud in the present global scenario. The Division has set up a Marine Biodiversity Museum at the\ud Headquarters of the Institute offers a glimpse of the biodiversity of the Indian seas displaying\ud specimens collected from estuaries, coastal and deeper waters which attracts students,\ud teachers, scientists and the general public hailing from different States and Union Territories\ud of the country, the students forming more than 85% of the total visitors. The Division has\ud taken up Projects relating to different aspects of biodiversity in various ecosystems spreading\ud all along the Indian coast including the vulnerable coral reef ecosystems of Lakshadweep\ud Archipelago. While studying these aspects, it is felt that there is need to discuss different\ud topics of biodiversity in a common platform right from the basics. That is the genesis of this\ud ICAR sponsored Summer School on Recent advances in Marine Biodiversity Conservation and\ud Management for three weeks
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