Marine Technology Society (MTS) India Section in association with Bay of Bengal Programme – Inter-governmental Organisation (BoBP-IGO) organized the 2nd Techsurge 2018 in the theme of Technologies and Innovation for Sustainable Fishing (TISF), at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Chennai, India on 10 August 2018. This event is a prelude to the proposed mega event Oceans’2022 , Chennai to be organised by MTS and IEEE.

Dr.R.Venkatesan, Chairman MTS India Section, welcomed the gathering and conveyed the growth of MTS India Section and its success in promoting awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology. He addressed that more than 130 delegates from 40 different organizations which includes Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and stake holders attended the 2nd Techsurge 2018 to discuss on the present and the futuristic technology for Safety, Security, Navigation and Technology for sustainable fishing. It gives them a common platform to share their views on field level challenges.

Dr.Sameeran, Director of Fisheries who conveyed through his message that the Fisheries sector plays a pivotal role in food supply and provides food security. It also acts as the primary source of employment and livelihood to the coastal communities. Various development initiatives coupled with the conservation and management measures on strong scientific basis fuels the unstinted growth of the fisheries sector in the State.

Dr.M.A.Atmanand, Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology, addressed that thisTechsurge aims to find high tech solutions for improving, optimizing the resource utilization, fishing expenditure and to increase the overall efficiency of the process in a sustainable manner. The recent innovations in technologies for sustainable fishing and the future cutting-edge technology on safety, security and navigation could be exchanged, which would be very much useful to the user groups.
Dr.Yugraj Singh Yadava, Director, Bay of Bengal Programme, Inter-Governmental Organization said that the need for sound technologies and innovations in fisheries, especially in the marine fisheries sector, is being felt much more now than in the past 5 – 6 decades. Increased fishing effort leading to over exploitation of the fisheries reources. In these challenging circumstances, events such as ‘Techsurge’ can provide a platform for knowledge exchange, sharing information on field level experiences, networking of stakeholders and practitioners operating in different fields and at different levels, and also providing an opportunity for students and young professionals to hear the developments and interact with people with wider experiences in the sector.

Two technical sessions (1) Communication for Fisheries and (2) Regulation, Experience & Safety were held and experts from Weather Dock, Germany, Inmarsat India, NIOT, CMFRI, Tamil Nadu Fisheries, BOBP IGO, Coast Guard, COBHAM SATCOM, NCCR, Norinco presented the present and the futuristic technology for Safety, Security, Navigation and Technology for sustainable fishing.

A panel discussion was held under the theme of Technologies and Innovation for Sustainable Fishing (TISF), with Moderator as Cmde S. Shekhar and experts from BOBP IGO, NCCR, NIOT, Tamil Nadu Fisheries Dept., Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce, Indian Coast Guard and CMFRI.

Student poster competition on technology development was also held during this event. Students from SRM, Alpha College of Engineering, CUSAT, Sri Sairam Institute of Technology, Chennai, Andhra University, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sairam College of Engineering, Bangalore, SSN College of Engineering, New Horizon College of Engineering presented their posters.