Indian Council of Agricultural Research


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Dr Vinod, K

Principal Scientist

Ecosystem health/ Biodiversity conservation



Dr Shilta, M. T


Cage culture



Dr P.K.Asokan

Principal Scientist

Bivalve farming



Dr. Ritesh Ranjan





Dr. Santhosh B

Principal Scientist




Shri. Ambarish





Dr. Rengarajan  Jayakumar

Principal Scientist

Marine fish farming



Dr. K.K. Anikuttan


Marine fish farming



Dr. G. Tamilmani

Senior Scientist

Marine Fish Breeding



Dr. M. Sakthivel

Senior Scientist

Sea cage farming



Dr. P. Ramesh Kumar


Fish Health



Dr.Shinoj Subramannian

Senior Scientist/SIC KVK of CMFRI Ernakulam

Krishi Vigyan Kendra of CMFRI, Ernakulam



Dr.Vikas PA

Subject Matter Specialist,  KVK of CMFRI Ernakulam





ICAR-CMFRI launches GIS based info of vicinity of fish landing centres to COVID-19 hotspots

 ICAR-CMFRI launches GIS based info of vicinity of fish landing centres to COVID-19 hotspots

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The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi has launched a novel initiative that would enable online GIS tracking of the marine fish landing centres and their proximity to the COVID-19 hotspots in different maritime states. The online GIS based database, which depicts the vicinity of marine fish landing centres to the COVID-19 hotspots in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, would become crucial in monitoring the activities at various marine fishing landing centres in the country on a daily basis. The work is in progress to incorporate the information on landing centres in other maritime states too in the database. The database offers visualisation of the marine fish landing centres in these states in various colour groups in accordance with their geographical proximity with the COVID-19 hotspots/containment zones within coastal districts, identified by the government. The landing centres have been categorised in different groups according to their distance with the hotspots and the information is updated on daily basis based on the information received from respective state governments.


The first category, which requires priority in taking precautionary measures, includes fish landing centres located within 3 km of the hotspot. The landing centres at a distance of 3 to 5 km with the hotspots fall in second category, whereas the third category includes landing centres at a distance of 5 to 10 km from the identified hotspots.


Practical utility of the initiative: The GIS database will greatly help authorities and policy makers to monitor the daily activities and help them easily understand the fish landing centres where strict safety measures are to be imposed and fish harbours where safety measures could be relaxed. This can be identified simply by a click at the infographics published by the ICAR-CMFRI at its website- This will help the concerned authorities for strategic execution of safety measures in accordance with their vicinity to the COVID-19 hotspots.


The news has got immediate international attention and quoted as one of the top stories of the day by,the global seafood industry’s most trusted resource for international seafood news (


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Vicinity of Fish Landing Centres to COVID-19 Hotspots in Kerala

ICAR-CMFRI kick-starts new farming challenge towards food security

ICAR-CMFRI kick-starts new farming challenge towards food security

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The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), in association with the Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra, kick-started a new farming challenge among government organisations towards food security. The model initiative includes farming of tubers and pulses along with vegetables in an area of around 3-acre barren land in its premises of residential complex in Kochi city. The massive drive assumes significance in the wake of discussions on urgent need of self-reliance in food production in Kerala, thanks to COVID-19 pandemic.   

Shri. V S Sunil Kumar, Minister for Agriculture, Kerala government launched the farming by planting ginger saplings on 14th May 2020. The farming, which is undertaken by ICAR-CMFRI Krishilokam club that includes scientific and non-scientific staff of the Institute and their families, is part of popularising the concept of production of safe food through farming without depending others in the backdrop of the COVID-19. The farming followed mechanised practices for preparation of the land under the technical guidance of Ernakulam KVK.  

In his presidential address, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said the initiative is primarily aimed at intensifying the drive for achieving self-reliance in producing safe food in Kerala and setting a model for other government institutions in the State. Priority was given to crops such as tubers and pulses as they could act as alternates to survive during the time of famine as that was the case in the past. Pulses are cultivated in the background that Kerala is completely depending on other states for its vegetable protein requirement. These kinds of farming models initiated under the aegis of government institutions would send a positive message to the public in such a way encouraging them to take up farming. The harvested crops will be distributed through the Farm Shoppe of the KVK located at the CMFRI, he said

KVK starts helpline  

The Ernakulam KVK functioning under the ICAR-CMFRI commenced a helpline though which experts would be providing guidance in farming, including aquaculture and animal rearing, to other organisations. Agricultural machineries available with the KVK could be used by them for land preparation and other practices. 

Speaking after the launch of the farming, Kerala Minister for Agriculture V S Sunil Kumar requested the Ernakulam KVK to design and demonstrate a working model of the mini rice mill required for each paddy field. According to him, the major crisis faced by the medium paddy famers in Kerala is the lack of such mini rice mills. KVK may take up this task on experimental basis with the support of the Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs) associated with it. Once this model proves success, the Kerala government will set up such mills across the state, the minister said. He also said that efforts to take up farming as a livelihood should be intensified to face the post COVID-19 period. Other government institutions should follow the model of the ICAR-CMFRI which would help popularise the farming in a better way, he added. 

ICAR-CMFRI helps SC families earn additional income through seaweed and ornamental fish farming

ICAR-CMFRI helps SC families in Tamil Nadu Village earn additional income through seaweed and ornamental fish farming

The ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has successfully implemented Government of India's Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) project in such a way that helped the SC families in Puthukudi village,  Thondi, Thiruvadanai Taluk in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu to empower themselves through seaweed and marine ornamental fish farming. In a major success story, the Mandapam Regional Centre ofICAR-CMFRI already made this villagers capable of earning an additional income of Rs 96,000 annually through seaweed farming which is a highly desired farming practice by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the prosperity of the coastal community, and the Institute's efforts are underway to help them reap profit through other forms of mariculture like marine ornamental fish seed rearing.

Seaweed farming

Located near the sea shore,  Puthukudi village has 97 per cent of SC families (Kadiayar community) in the total village population and majority of them involved in fishing in Palk Bay. The ICAR-CMFRI launched the initiative of empowering the villagers through SCSP by giving them an awareness-cum-training programme on mariculture technologies for diversified livelihood in September 2019.  A total of 28 fishers in 10 groups, were selected for undertaking seaweed farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii under the SCSP component of the Institute, AINP on Mariculture and NICRA projects. The Puthukudi coastal area is less in wave action, shallow depth and less planktivorous fishes, which are ideal for monoline seaweed method. Each fisher was given 20 monoline units. The cost for making one monoline unit is Rs.1,600/- and the entire cost for making 575 monoline units was borne under the SCSP component of the projects. Seaweed farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii was initiated during the second week of November, 2019 with 20 monoline units. The total fresh seaweed production from three cycles was around 90 tonnes. Since entire start-up cost was met under the SCSP project and each fisher will earn Rs.96,000/- annually around Rs.10,000/- per month with five crops in a year depending on the climatic conditions.

Marine ornamental fish culture

A total of 18 fisherwomen in 6 groups, were selected for undertaking marine ornamental fish seed rearing under the SCSP component of Institute and AINP on Mariculture. The Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI had established six sheds (each 216 sq.ft. area) along with all accessories. Initially two sheds were commissioned by Shri. K. Muraleedharan, Member, Institute Management Committee of ICAR-CMFRI in the presence of Dr. R. Jayakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre and fishers of Puthukudi village on 3rd June 2020. The Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI has provided 600 numbers of clown fishes in 3 varieties to each group (total of 1,200 clown fishes of 2cm size). The SHG will become capable of selling the fishes after rearing about 30-45 days. A group can earn around Rs.30,000/- per month.

The ICAR-CMFRI also helped the beneficiaries linking themselves with the marketers for both seaweed and marine ornamental fish sale. Joint bank account for each group was opened at Canara Bank, Thondi. This is the first Government livelihood improvement initiative for fishers in the Puthukudi village. The fishermen are hopeful that the income through these diversified livelihood options will be very useful in improving their standard of living.

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.