Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Harvest of cage farmed cobia
  • Harvested pompano
  • Hatchery produced silver pompano fingerlings
  • The heritage block of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

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Thrust Areas of Research

Broodstock development, breeding and seed production of high value marine finfishes (cobia, silver pompano, Malabar red snapper), shellfishes (Portunus pelgicus) and ornamental fishes .
Investigations on climate resilient species for mariculture and development and transfer of technology on diversified farming methods such as sea cage farming, integrated farming and pen culture.
Development of database on capture fisheries and socio-economic aspects of the region to evolve management advisories.
Investigations on coral reef ecosystem of Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay and evolving appropriate interventions for biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood
Bio-prospecting from marine resources.


Ongoing Research Projects

a. Funded Projects

Mariculture Development and standardization of seed production technologies for selected high value finfishes and shellfishes
Mariculture Innovations in cage farming and coastal mariculture
Marine Biodiversity Assessment of fishing impacts on biodiversity loss, with special reference to the threatened species, to formulate management options for their protection
Marine Biodiversity Investigations on vulnerable coral reef ecosystems of Indian waters with special emphasis on formulation of management measures for conservation farming.
Marine Biotechnology Health Management in selected finfish and shellfish for Mariculture and aquariculture and bioprospecting from marine resources
Marine Biotechnology Aquatic feed biotechnology for mariculture and aquariculture
Marine Biotechnology Derivation and characterization of embryonic (ES) and induced pluripotent (IPS)stem cell from selected marine fish species aimed at mariculture/conservation
Fisheries Resource Assessment Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puduchery
Fisheries Resource Assessment Remote sensing assisted biodynamics forecasting paradigm for Indian marine fishery resources
Fisheries Resource Assessment GIS based management advisory support system for the marine fisheries sector
Molluscan Fisheries Evaluation of ornamental gastropod fisheries in India and assessment of shell craft industry
Socio Economic Evaluation & Technology Transfer Economics of marine fisheries and sustainable management; Policy Issue and Interventions.
Socio Economic Evaluation & Technology Transfer Capacity Development for Ecosystem Based Responsible Fisheries Management in India – A Co-Learning action research
Socio Economic Evaluation & Technology Transfer Supply Chain management of marine fisheries sector in India Externally funded/ Seed Projects
An export oriented marine value chain for farmed-seafood production using cobia (Rachycentron canadum) through rural entrepreneurship (NAIP)
National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)
Seed production in Agricultural Crops and Fisheries

Completed Research Projects (last Plan Period)

a. Funded Projects

Technology Development for seed production of shellfish.
Broodstock development, captive breeding and seed production techniques for selected marine finfishes and ornamental fishes.
Innovations on sea cage farming and development of sustainable Capture Based Aquaculture (CBA) systems.
Mariculture of selected species of conservation importance.
Understanding the threatened coral reef ecosystems of southern India and designing interventions aimed at their restoration.
Pathogen profiling, diagnostics and health management in maricultured finfish and shellfish.
Formulation and Evaluation of larval and grow out feed for marine crabs, lobsters, ornamentals and cage farmed finfish.
Biotechnological application in mariculture and conservation.
Management advisories for sustaining the marine fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Carbon sequestration potential of Indian sea weeds.
Resource damage assessment in marine fisheries: impact of selective fishing of juveniles and by catch and discards in trawl fisheries
A diagnostic study on dimensions, causes and ameliorative strategies of poverty and marginalization among the marine fisherfolk of India.
Coastal rural indebtedness and impact of microfinance in marine fisheries sector.
Benefit cost analysis of marine fishery business and alternative investment options.

b. Externally funded/ Outreach Projects

An export oriented marine value chain for farmed-seafood production using cobia (Rachycentron canadum) through rural entrepreneurship (NAIP)
National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) Mariculture Component
Nutrient profiling and evaluation of fish as dietary component.

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years


  • Broodstock development, induced breeding, larviculture and seed production of cobia, Rachycentron canadum , silver pompano Trachinotus blochii and selected clownfish & damsel fish.
  • Techniques for high density mass culture of rotifers.
  • Nursery rearing protocols for cobia and silver pompano.
  • Sea cage farming methods for cobia.
  • Coastal pond farming of silver pompano.
  • Integrated farming of cobia with seaweed.
  • Pen culture of milk fish.
  • Broodstock development and breeding of cobia by photo thermal regulation in RAS.
  • Broodstock development of silver pompano by photoperiod regulation.
  • Mass transportation techniques for fingerlings of cobia and silver pompano.
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