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‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code: Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India available for comments


It gives me great pleasure to share with you a draft copy of the book ‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code:  Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India’ jointly produced by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT) and the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI).  Scientists of CMFRI and CIFT have come together to provide guidance on how the FAO’s 1995 Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) can be operationalized in India. 

I request you to kindly read the book and provide your valuable comments on the concepts and implementation plan provided in the book.  In order to make your job easier, we are providing a brief questionnaire which you could answer in a simple yes/no format.  If, however, you feel strongly about some points you could also write in comments in detail or directly email me the comments.  We are also providing a return-addressed stamped envelope through which you could return the comments.  We would very much appreciate receiving your comments within 3 weeks of receipt of this book.

I hope that you would be able to comply with our request in spite of your busy schedule in the interest of sustainability of marine fisheries of the country.  Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest.

 Best wishes,

Yours faithfully,

(A. Gopalakrishnan)

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MSc Project /Dissertation work Notification 2017

Eligibility: Student must be pursuing postgraduate courses from a recognized University/ Institute /college in the relevant area. To be eligible, applicants should have maintained consistently good academic record (70% and above for general category; 65% and above for OBC/MBC/DNC/BC; 60% and above for SC/ST candidates) in all their papers. Only Indian nationals studying in Indian universities are eligible. Mere fulfilling of eligibility criteria is no guarantee for selection.

Duration of study and attendance: Students admitted will be required to work fulltime at CMFRI for a minimum period of (a) 60 working days for MSc. Full Attendance is mandatory for issuing project completion certificate.

Selection: Intake of students under this program will be made four times a year (Jan/April/July/October). Students can apply through the link available in the CMFRI website ( Selected candidates will be duly informed through their institutions six week before the start of the programme. Upon intimation, candidates must submit a declaration of acceptance duly endorsed by the head of their institution.

Students must choose their field study for dissertation programme. Each student can give only 2 preferences.

Criteria for selection include academic accomplishments primarily and availability of slots with scientists for accommodating additional candidates. Students will be governed by the rules of CMFRI prevailing at that point of time. Any action in case of indiscipline/untoward incident in the campus will be as per decisions by CMFRI administration.

Fee: The fee structures are as follows:
1. Project work for a period of three months (not less than 60 working days). Applicable to students of MSc: Rs 20,000.
2. Project work for a period of six months (not less than 125 working days). Rs 30,000

Candidates should pay the prescribed fee at the time of joining. The fee in the form of a demand draft drawn in favour of “Director, CMFRI” payable at Ernakulam in any nationalized bank.

Students applying from Institutions having Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMFRI shall be dealt with according to the conditions in the MoU

Accommodation: No hostel accommodation will be provided by CMFRI. Selected candidates may make their own arrangements for food and accommodation. However, during working days students may make use of CMFRI departmental canteen for lunch/tea/snacks on payment basis.

How to apply: Students can apply online by filling the online application form. Recommendation letter from the college and a brief biodata containing educational details and other achievements should also be attached along with application form

The decisions about the selection will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.


Marine fish landings in India increase by 5.6 percentage in 2017

 India’s marine fish landings increase by 5.6% in 2017

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi released the Marine Fish Landings Data -2017 in India on 26th June 2017. According to the data, India’s marine fish production is showing a sign of revival with the annual marine fish landings in 2017 registering 5.6% increase compared to the previous year.


The total marine fish landings in India (excluding Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands) in 2017 was 3.83 million tonnes, with Gujarat remaining at the top position for the fifth consecutive year with contributing 7.86 lakh tonnes (20.5% of total landings) followed by Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This is the highest catch after a record-high landings in 2012. Marine fish landings improved in all the maritime states other than Tamil Nadu and a palpable dip in the UTs of Puducherry and Daman & Diu. Revival of oil sardine in the western coastal states especially in Kerala played a major role in improving the country’s marine fish production this time. However, the east coast witnessed a decline in the oil sardine catch with 83% drop in Andhra Pradesh and 36% in Tamil Nadu compared to 2016. A total of 788 marine fish species were landed this time along the Indian coast with maximum numbers landed along the Tamil Nadu coast followed by Kerala and Maharashtra.

Oil sardine tops

Indian oil sardine, which was showing a decreasing trend for the past few years, topped the list of marine fishery resources this time with a landing of 3.37 lakh tonnes (8.8% of total landings) registering an increase of 38% all over India. Indian mackerel, ribbon fishes, lesser sardines, penaeid prawns and non-penaeid prawns are the other major resources with respective landings of 2.88 lakh tonnes (7.5%), 2.39 lakh tonnes (6.2%), 2.27 lakh tonnes (5.9%), 2.1 lakh tonnes (5.5%) and 2.03 lakh tonnes (5.3%).


In what must come as a good news to Kerala, the landings of oil sardine recorded a massive increase of 176% in the state compared to the catch in 2016 which was the record-lowest within the last two decades. In all India level, catch of Indian mackerel also increased whereas the landings of Hilsa shad, threadfin breams and tuna dropped this year. Significant increase of mackerel was recorded in the West Bengal, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.


Resurgence of oil sardine fishery helped Kerala attain an increase of nearly 12% in the marine fish landings with a total catch of 5.85 lakh tonnes against 5.23 lakh tonnes in 2016. Oil sardine catch went up to 1.27 lakh tonnes from a mere 45,958 tonnes in 2016, a three-time hike. With this, Kerala secured third position behind Gujarat and Tamil Nadu in the total marine fish landings of the country. The state was in the fourth spot last time. The other major resources appeared in the topmost list were penaeid prawns (43,468 t), scads (43,463 t), cephalopods (43,213 t) and threadfin breams (41, 841 t).  Catch of ribbon fishes increased nearly 63% in Kerala with a landing of 20,729 tonnes which also helped the state to improve its total marine fish production this year.  


However, even as the landings of Indian mackerel increased by 39% in all India level, Kerala recorded 29% drop in mackerel catch this year. Apart from oil sardine and ribbonfish, catch of prawns, threadfin breams and squids also increased in the state compared to the previous year, whereas scads, seer fish, anchovies, soles and red snapper decreased along with Indian mackerel. Though Karnataka was placed in the fourth spot in national level, the region recorded a historical high landings this time with an increased catch of Bullseye. A substantial increase of marine fish landings was experienced in Goa (64%), West Bengal (33%) and Maharashtra (30%).


Ockhi Impact

The Cyclone Ockhi that hit during the end of 2017 had a devastating effect on the marine fisheries sectors of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Kerala suffered an estimated drop of around 35,000 tonnes of fish due to Ockhi disaster in December 2017 with an estimated economic loss of Rs 585 crore at landing centre level and Rs 821 crore in retail level. Compared to the previous year, 57% fishing efforts were reduced owing to the cyclone which caused the loss in December last year.


8.3% increase in value of fish

The estimate of the value of marine fish landings based on price at landing centres across the country during 2017 was Rs 52,431 crores, with an increase of 8.4% compared to 2016. The unit price per kg of fish at landing centre was Rs.137 (5.6% increase over 2016).  At the retail level, the estimated value of marine fish was Rs. 78,408 crores (7% increase over 2016). The unit price at the retail market level was Rs.204 (4.2% increase over 2016).

According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, the present marine fish catch is the second historical highest in India. “The upsurge in the marine fish production is a promising trend and it is observed that some new resources are emerging as the major fishery in many maritime states.  For example, the continuing trend of increased landings of bullseye (unnimary in local parlance) in Karnataka helped the state to record its highest landings ever. The landing data also shows that the recent fishing regulations such as Minimum Legal Size (MLS) and other regulatory measures suggested by the CMFRI have greatly helped Kerala and other maritime states to improve their fishery”, Dr Gopalakrishnan said.


The Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the CMFRI estimated the annual marine fish landings of the country. Dr T V Sathianandan, Head, Fishery Resources Assessment Division, presented the findings. Dr K Sunil Mohamed, Dr G Maheshwarudu, Dr P U Zacharia, Dr E M Abdussamad and Dr C Ramachandran also attended the function.


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Union Minister Shri. Radha Mohan Singh Visits ICAR-CMFRI

Union Minister Shri. Radha Mohan Singh visits ICAR-CMFRI

Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Tamil Nadu on 1st July 2018. While interacting with the scientists, he stressed the need for the effective implementation of various technologies developed by the institute time to time. Referring to the concept of increasing marine fish production of the country as well as upgrading the living standards of fishermen, the minister said that government will give major thrust to promote mariculture and sea cage farming activities in India.



He expressed his willingness to have a coordinated effort to double farmers’ income through integrated approach and added that scientists should work hand in hand with the field level beneficiaries to attain the goal.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh also felt the need for organizing hands-on-training on marine ornamental fish keeping and rearing to the self-help groups from coastal districts of maritime States. In addition, seaweed farming andIntegrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) which are highly prospective shouldbe popularized, he said.

The minister reviewed the progress of research and development activities being carried out by the CMFRI Centre. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director,ICAR-CMFRI explained the achievements and progress made by the institute in promoting mariculture as an alternative livelihood option for the fisher-folk.The meeting was also attended by Dr J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General(Fisheries Science), ICAR; Smt. I. Rani Kumudini, IAS, Chief Executive, NFDB,Hyderabad; Dr. Paul Pandian, Fishery Development Commissioner, DAHDF, NewDelhi; Shri. S. Natarajan, IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram and Dr. G.S.Sameeran, IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.

The minister also visited various facilities of the Centre viz., marine finfish hatchery complex,national marine brood bank and sea cage farm. During the visit, he had an interaction with the fishermen self help groups involved in sea cage farmingand distributed seeds of silver pompano and cobia for sea cage farming.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh chaired the inter session meeting of the consultative committee of the Agriculture Ministry on Marine Fisheries and Mariculture in India held at Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu on 2nd July2018.


ICAR DDG Dr J K Jena Visits Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

ICAR DDG Dr J K Jena Visits Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI


Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Tamil Nadu on 2nd July 2018. He visited various facilities at the Mandapam Centre viz, marine hatchery complex, national marine fish brood bank unit, RAS, sea cage farm, museum and aquarium. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI along with Dr A. K. Abdul Nazar, Scientist in charge of the Centre, welcomed the DDG to the Centre.

During an interaction with the scientists and staff, he appreciated the efforts of Mandapam Centre of CMFRI for the development of mariculture and marine fisheries.  Stressing the need for maintaining an unrelenting spirit to carry out quality research, Dr. Jena urged the scientists to engage in more focused studies which are highly beneficial to the development of marine fisheries and mariculture in the country.  In a bid to accelerate the task of exploring highly prospective marine wealth, due emphasis should be given for marine ornamental fish breeding and seed production in addition to Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) integrating seaweeds along with marine cages, he said.