Pearls to remember

Nayar, K Nagappan (2007) Pearls to remember. In: Down Memory Lane. Mohan Joseph, M and Ramachandran, C and Letha Devi, N R,(eds.) CMFRI, Cochin, pp. 20-23.

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It was in late 1958, while I was working as an Assistant Research Officer (Molluscs) at the Madras Research Centre of CMFRI, that I got an official letter from the Chief Research Officer, CMFRS, Mandapam Camp, asking me to proceed on tour to Tuticorin at a very early date. It was to join Dr. Salvadori, an F.A.O. Fishery Scientist who had specialized in SCUBA (Self contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving as an understudy. The pearl oyster fishery off the coast of Tuticorin had become very erratic and for a number of years no fishery was possible due to the unproductive nature of the pearl oyster beds. Hence the Central Government requested the Food and Agricultural Organisation at Rome to depute a fishery scientist who was well versed in SCUBA diving to Tuticorin for a few months to dive and study the actual status of the pearl oyster beds and their distribution and also to train personnel for SCUBA diving. As the pearl oysters in the State was under the jurisdiction

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