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Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Shri. Giriraj Singh visits ICAR-CMFRI

 Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Shri. Giriraj Singh visits ICAR-CMFRI

Shri. Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and interacted with sea cage farmers, seaweed farmers and marine ornamental fish seed rearing SHGs of Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts in Tamil Nadu on 23rd January 2021. During the interactive meeting, he stressed the need for promoting mariculture in the country to increase the fish production and to improve the livelihood of fishermen.

Distribution of Seaweed seedlings to SCSP Women SHGs

Interaction with Sea cage farmers, Seaweed farmers and Marine Ornamental Fish seed rearing SHG

Visit to Silver Pompano Broodstock section

The Minister released a poster illustrating the GIS map of potential seaweed farming locations in India and leaflets in Tamil on the beneficiary oriented schemes for promoting sea cage farming, marine ornamental fish breeding & rearing and seaweed farming supported under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY). He also released a multilingual booklet on ‘Jellysafe’.  He distributed fingerlings of cobia to the beneficiaries of NFDB funded project, seeds of marine ornamental fish and seaweed seedlings to SCSP women SHGs (7 groups) and “Jellysafe” kit to fishermen. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI welcomed the Hon’ble Minister and officials and briefly explained the achievements and progress made by the institute in promoting mariculture as an alternative livelihood option for the fishers. Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge, Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI delivered the vote of thanks.

Visit to National Marine Fish Brood bank

 A hovercraft trip was arranged with the support of Indian Coast Guard to the sea cage farming sites in the Gulf of Mannar to observe the farming activities and Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) carried out with the technical support of the Centre. The Union Minister also visited the facilities such as marine finfish hatchery and marine ornamental fish seed production unit of the Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. Then he visited the NFDB funded National Marine Fish Brood Bank of the Centre and observed the cobia broodstock development activities.

Hon_ble Union Minister Shri. Giriraj Singh  visited the Sea cage farming sites at Gulf of Mannar

The field visits and interaction meeting were also attended by Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries, AH&D; Dr. J. Balaji, IAS, Joint Secretary (Fisheries) Department of Fisheries; Dr. K. Gopal IAS, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu; Shri J. Jayakanthan IAS, Commissioner of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu; Shri. Dinesh Pon Raj Oliver IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram; Dr. B. Meenakumari, former DDG, ICAR and Chairperson RAC, ICAR CMFRI, Dr. V. Kripa, Member Secretary, Coastal Aquaculture Authority, Shri. G. Rathinaraj, Executive Director, NFDB and Shri K. Muraleedharan, Member of Institute Management Committee, 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.