Indian Council of Agricultural Research


NFDB CEO Dr. C. Suvarna, IFS visits multispecies marine finfish hatchery established with technology support of CMFRI

Visit of Dr. C. Suvarna, IFS, Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) to M/s. MSR Aqua Hatchery Pvt. Ltd, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, a multispecies Marine Finfish Hatchery established with the technology support of ICAR – CMFRI.

ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam Regional Centre has extended technology support to the M/s. MSR Aqua Hatchery Pvt. Ltd, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh for the establishing a multi species marine finfish hatchery with the funding support of the NFDB, Hyderabad.  Dr. C. Suvarna, IFS, Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad visited to M/s. MSR Aqua Pvt. Ltd., hatchery located at Konapapapeta, Kakinada, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh on 11th March, 2021 and witnessed the broodstock development of marine finfishes viz., Cobia, Silver pompano, Indian pompano and Asian Seabass. She has also observed the larval rearing of Pompanos.  Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge, Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI explained her about the technical support rendered by the ICAR – CMFRI for establishing this multispecies marine finfish hatchery. She appreciated the efforts and guidance given by the ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam Regional Centre to this unit.

CE, NFDB  visiting MSR hatchery & Broodstock section

Broodstock of Cobia & Silver pompano maintained in the facility

Inauguration of RAS facility for broodstock development by the Dr. C. Suvarna, CE, NFDB and Shri. C.S. Venugopala Krishna, Hon’ble Minister for Backward classes welfare, Govt. of A.P

Dr. C. Suvarna, IFS, Chief Executive, NFDB and Shri. C.S. Venugopala Krishna, Hon’ble Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, Andhra Pradesh, inaugurated the Recirculatory aquaculture systems (RAS) facility established for the broodstock development of Cobia, Silver pompano and Indian pompano. The hatchery visit and inaugural function of RAS units was also attended by Shri. G. Rathinaraj, Executive Director, NFDB, Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge, Dr. Sekar Megarajan, Scientist, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI.

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.