Indian Council of Agricultural Research


NIO Director visits Karwar Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI

NIO Director visits Karwar Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI

Prof. Sunil Kumar Sigh, Director of the CSIR – National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa along with a team of scientists and research scholars visited the Karwar  Regional Station of the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI), Karwar on 1st March 2021 in order to learn the cage farming activities, hatchery technologies and seed production protocols  successfully implemented by ICAR – CMFRI during the recent years.

Prof. Sunil Kumar Sigh interacted with Dr. Jayasree Loka, Scientist- In- Charge and other Scientists of the Station regarding the prospects of marine cage farming in India, the scope of adopting the technologies in Goa and other aspects related to mariculture activities. The delegation visited the marine cage farm and the marine hatchery complex of the Station for getting familiarized with the mariculture activities taken up at the Station. The NIO Director appreciated the efforts taken by ICAR – CMFRI for successful implementation of marine cage farming all along the Indian coast.

He stressed the need for mutual collaboration and MoU with ICAR – CMFRI in various disciplines related to the marine cage farming and assured that efforts would be initiated soon in this direction. The team also interacted with some of the stakeholders who are undertaking coastal cage culture activities under the technical guidance of the Karwar RS of the ICAR-CMFRI, Karwar.


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.