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ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates 74th Foundation Day

ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates 74th Foundation Day

Mandapam Regional Centre

The 74th Foundation Day of ICAR – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) was celebrated at the Mandapam Regional centre on 3rd February 2021. During the function held at the conference hall, Shri. K. Muraleedhran, member of the Institute Management committee of ICAR-CMFRI was the chief guest. He presented the prizes to the winners of Hindi day celebration competitions. As part of the celebrations, Bhartanatyam cultural programme was performed by students from the Peacock Dance Academy, Rameswaram.  Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge delivered the welcome address and Dr. G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist proposed the vote of thanks.

In continuation, an ‘Open House’ was organized for the Staff and family members of Indian Coast Guard Station, Mandapam and Indian Naval Station- INS Parundu, Uchipuli, Ramanathapuram District. They visited the ICAR-CMFRI facilities such as marine reef aquarium, museum, hatchery, brood bank and observed the of the stalls exhibited by the scientists and technical staff of Mariculture, Pelagic, Demersal, Crustacean, Marine Biodiversity, Fisheries Environment & Management and Socio-Economic Evaluation & Technology Transfer Division. 

Madras Regional Station

The 74th Foundation Day of ICAR-CMFRI was celebrated at Madras Regional Station, Chennai on 03.02.2021. The program began with the Thamizh Thai Vazhthu followed by the ICAR song. Dr. R. Narayanakumar, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge welcomed the gathering. The Chief Guest Dr. C. Sylendra Babu, I.P.S, Director General of Police, Director, Fire & Rescue services, Chennai inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp and addressed the staff members. The Chief guest appreciated the service rendered by CMFRI over 7 decades and wished that CMFRI will continue to lead the research in the marine sector.

The Chief Guest visited all the laboratories – fishery biology lab where different species of fish/ shell fish were displayed and explained by the concerned Scientists/ Technical staff. The fishery environment, marine biotechnology (Tissue Culture), biodiversity and Mariculture activities were also displayed and explained. Marine and freshwater ornamental fish/ shell fish species displayed in the aquariums, and museum were major attractions to the Chief Guest. The digital display of the research activities of Madras Regional Station was highly appreciated. The function concluded at 1.30 P.M with vote of thanks by Dr. A. Margaret Muthu Rathinam, Principal Scientist.

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.


This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation  funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.