Indian Council of Agricultural Research


Training on sea cage farming at Mandapam Regional Centre

Training on sea cage farming at Mandapam Regional Centre


 A training programme on ‘sea cage farming of cobia’ was successfully conducted at the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) for the beneficiaries under the project ‘extensive demonstration of technology of open-sea cage farming of marine finfishes all along the territorial waters of coastal States /UTs’ during 28-30 June, 2019. The training was inaugurated by Shri. K. Muralidharan, Member, Institute Management Committee of  ICAR- CMFRI.  Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge presided the programme.

A total of 35 fishermen from Ramanathapuram district have participated in the training. Hands-on training was imparted on cage & net fabrication, feed management, growth assessment, net exchange, nursery management, packing & transportation, stocking of fingerlings in cages & disease management. Field visit to Mandapam and Munaikadu cage farming sites were also arranged. Fishermen interacted with the successful cage farmers to know their experiences. A valedictory function was conducted on 30th June 2019.  Dr. A.K.Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist, Madras Research Centre of CMFRI, distributed the certificates to participants. Dr. M. Sakthivel & Dr. Johnson, B., Scientist coordinated the training programme.

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 instructio