IndOBIS and CoML
CMLRE has a prominent international presence, being the Indian node of the International Bio-geographic Information System (IndOBIS) and Census of Marine Life (CoML). The main objective under these programs are to record the Marine biodiversity, which are essential in the present scenario of climate change to address the predicted regime shifts and biodiversity losses. AS part of this, significant effect is being undertaken to document the resources available in the Indian Ocean through CoML and IndOBIS as regional initiatives towards these objectives.
India is a member to the Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which are the statutory bodies looking into the marine biodiversity and its conservation, established by the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Party (ATCP) in 1982 with its headquarters at Hobart, Australia. The prime objectives of CCAMLR are the conservation of living resources of Antarctica while permitting sustainable levels of exploitation of resources. India is a Member of CCAMLR and the CMLRE represents the Ministry in the CCAMLR related activities.
Recognizing the importance of scientific and technical cooperation in earth observations and sciences a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the MoES Govt. of India and the NOAA-USA enabling mechanism for undertaking joint activities by the two countries to use combined scientific and technical skills in enhancing the observations of the Earth and use the information most effectively for the benefit of the society. The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), NOAA and the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE)/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), MoES has a common interest in strengthening the predictive capabilities of marine fishery resources and the Harmful Algal blooms (HABs).