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CMFRI Researcher Anto Honored with Hasmukh Shah Memorial Award for Coral Reef Resilience

Anto, an esteemed researcher, has garnered the prestigious Hasmukh Shah Memorial Award for his profound work on understanding the resilience of coral reefs in the Lakshadweep Islands. His research sheds light on the escalating threats these crucial ecosystems face due to climate change and various human-induced factors, according to an official press release.

Instituted by the Gujarat Ecology Society (GES) and generously funded by the Kachnar Trust, the Hasmukh Shah Memorial Award aims to recognize and reward individuals who have made noteworthy contributions through research, development, or the implementation of innovative environmental, technical, or social solutions addressing pressing sustainability or societal issues.

The award holds particular significance as it seeks to promote resilience-based management approaches crucial for coral reefs. These approaches focus on developing strategies for the preservation, protection, and restoration of these delicate marine habitats, as highlighted in the press release.

Anto, a fervent ocean enthusiast and a certified dive master from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), has spearheaded numerous underwater surveys concentrating on coral reefs and associated marine life along the Indian coast and its islands. His work has played a pivotal role in providing valuable insights and data essential for ongoing conservation efforts. Additionally, Anto is an integral part of the CMFRI’s team conducting coastal surveys on marine mammals.

The Hasmukh Shah Memorial Award will be presented during the Hasmukh Shah Memorial Lecture scheduled for January 5, 2024, at the Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) in Vadodara. This recognition underscores Anto’s dedication to advancing marine research and fostering sustainability in the face of environmental challenges.

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