Indian Council of Agricultural Research


Fisheries Minister agrees to implement key recommendations of CMFRI study on fisheries credit in Kerala

Fisheries Minister Agrees to Implement Key Recommendations of CMFRI Study on Fisheries Credit in Kerala

The Hon. Minister of Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry, Government of Kerala, Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma has agreed to implement the key recommendations of ICAR Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to reform fisheries credit delivery system in the state. She was responding to the starred questions on the subject in the Kerala Assembly on 11.06.2019. A recent study1 conducted by CMFRI on financial inclusion in fisheries sector made several recommendations which include i) reforming the fish auctioning system by introducing greater state control on price fixation and by regulating the involvement of auctioneer middlemen ii) to consider fishing vessels as collateral security for institutional loans by linking vessel insurance with credit and iii) to introduce Fishermen Credit Cards similar to Kisan Credit Cards in agriculture to bring in greater flexibility in loan disbursement and repayment. According to the Minister, the recommendations would be implemented by strengthening co-operative societies. The Minister also stated that the Fisheries Department is in the process of introducing a Bill on fish marketing, auctioning and quality control to enhance marketing of good quality fish with greater participation of fishermen.

Assembly Questions & Answers based on CMFRI studies

Madras Research Centre of CMFRI conducts Harvest Mela of Farmed Bivalves

Madras Research Centre Conducts Harvest Mela of Farmed Bivalves


Madras Research Center of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) conducted a harvest mela of farmed bivalves at Kottaikadu, Kancheepuram district on 26th April 2019. Conducted in the presence of Shri. A. Elango, Joint Director of Fisheries, Chennai, Head of the village, other village leaders and the women beneficiaries involved in the bivalve farming, the harvest of mussels and oysters was part of the project Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods II: Component II Bivalve Farming implemented for the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department.  The mussels and oysters were stocked during 2018.


The harvested mussels and oysters were handed over to the women beneficiaries involved in the farming. This was followed by a demonstration-cum-training on meat extraction, heat shucking of meat and depuration of bivalves which was then carried out by all the women beneficiaries. About 30 kg of the depurated meat was obtained and the same was sold at the rate of Rs.200/- per kg, and the proceeds were handed over to the women participants. On this occasion, a brochure highlighting the nutritive value of the bivalves, prepared in regional language (Tamil) was released by the Joint Director of Fisheries.     

ICAR-CMFRI Observes International Yoga Day 2019

ICAR-CMFRI Observes International Yoga Day

Headquarters, Kochi

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) observed the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019 by organising an awareness workshop and demonstration of yoga asanas at its Headquarters in Kochi and various Regional Research Centres. Shri. Balakrishnan Menon, an eminent yoga trainer and advanced meditation course instructor of the Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore, was the chief guest of the workshop at the Headquarters of the Institute in Kochi.

He said that yoga is union of body, breath and mind which is highly helpful to improve physical and mental health. He also pointed out that the yoga practices have got a wide exposure and increased popularity with the Government of India and the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi actively supporting the initiatives ensuring a massive participation for the programme at the government institutes during special occasions like the International Yoga Day. The misunderstandings about the yoga existed in the past have been completely cleared with continuous awareness programmes. Apart from cleansing our body and health, regular practice of the yoga would help oneself to explore and know his/her inner mind, he said.

Inspired by the spirit of the awareness workshop, the Recreation Club of the ICAR-CMFRI which organised programme announced on the occasion the commencement of regular yoga training at the Institute twice in a week. The inauguration of the training was also held at the venue followed by the awareness workshop. Shri Balakrishnan Menon and Smt. Smitha K, Personal Assistant at ICAR-CMFRI led the yoga training session. Dr T V Sathianandan, Director-in-charge and Head of Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the Institute presided over the function. Dr V Kripa, Head of Fishery Environment and Management Division and the President of the Recreation Club coordinated the programme.

Mangalore Research Centre

International yoga day was celebrated at the centre on 21 June 2019. The programme started at 10.00 am. The message by Honourable Prime Minister on the importance of yoga in everyday life given in the booklet on common yoga protocols published by the Ministry of Ayush was read on the ocasion. This was followed by the practice session of all the yogasanas as per the protocol received from Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India. All the scientist, technical staff, research scholars and contractual staff actively participated in the yoga session.

Puri Field Centre 

Tuticorin Research Centre

In compliance with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address and the instruction received from ICAR the International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June, 2019 in Committee Hall, Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI at 10.30 AM.  The Yoga master Shri. Stalin Rathnasamy was invited for International Yoga day celebration. The programme was started with ICAR invocation song. Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Scientist in-Charge and Principal Scientist of the Centre delivered the welcome address followed by Dr. P.S. Asha, Principal Scientist addressed the gathering about the needs of practicing Yoga. Stalin Rathnasamy delivered a special talk on the importance and benefits of Yoga in human life. He also added that yoga provides mental/physical strength to people and enhance well-being of human life through regular practice. Along with yoga healthy food habits improve the health and relief from bodily illness in human beings. After that he demonstrated different Asanas and Pranayama. All the staff members followed his instructions and did yoga exercise with complete involvement. The International Yoga Day celebration came to an end with a vote of thanks by Mr. Jerald Raja, Secretary, Recreation Club, TRC of CMFRI.

Mandapam Regional Centre

Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI celebrated the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019. A lecture followed by demonstration of yoga was conducted. Yoga expert Ms. Ms. Anitha, a yoga trainer at the Art of Living Foundation, and their volunteers demonstrated the yoga. She explained the importance of yoga in human life. Dr.G.Tamilmani, Senior Scientist briefed about the significance and relevance of the International Yoga Day. Nearly 100 staff of Mandapam Regional Centre attended the programme.