IndOBIS and IODE/ADU
Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE) is a Regional OBIS node for Indian Ocean (IndOBIS) since 2011 and has been contributing to the OBIS database. Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) emanates from the Census of Marine Life (2000-2010) and was adopted as a project under IOC-UNESCO’s International Oceanographic Data and Information (IODE) programme in 2009. As per IODE, all OBIS nodes are to be operated as IODE-ADUs. Thus, CMLRE has joined as an International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Associate Data Unit (ADU) within the IODE network of data centres;https://www.iode.org/adu. With this collaboration, the Centre will continue to share bio-geographic data to OBIS, function as a national data archival system for marine biodiversity information and also serve as a resource for national reporting requirements to international agreements/conventions and frameworks connected to biodiversity and its conservation.
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).