Marine ornamental fish for sale

Marine ornamental fish for sale


Marine ornamental fish (Amphiprion ocellaris) 1" size is available in CMFRI hatchery, Kochi for sale. Interested parties may contact the Nodal Officer, ICAR Mega Seed Project, CMFRI, Kochi.

Contact No. 09895567454.


First Successful spawning of cobia (Rachycentron canadam) was achieved in the Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) at Mandapam Centre of CMFRI

First Successful spawning of cobia in the Recirculation Aquaculture system at Mandapam

First Successful spawning of cobia (Rachycentron canadam) was achieved in the Recirculation Aquaculture system (RAS) at Mandapam on 20th September 2013. The RAS facility inaugurated by the Director General, ICAR during May 2013 was effectively utilized for the maintenance of cobia brooders. In this system, the brooders could be conditioned and maintained in healthy condition. One female and two male brooders were kept in the system. The ova size was assessed by cannulation and based on the same, the brooders were induced with HCG on 18th September 2013.  The total number of eggs spawned was 2.40 million and the fertilization percentage was 86.1.  The temperature range was 27.5 – 29°C. The hatching started by late evening of 20th September 2013 and completed by early morning of 21st September 2013. A total of 1.80 million larvae hatched out with a hatching percentage of 86.7%. The larvae were stocked at different densities in the larviculture tanks.

CMFRI wins Rajarshi Tandon Award for the 6th time

CMFRI wins Rajarshi Tandon Award for the 6th time 


Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI received  the Rajarshi Tandon Award introduced by ICAR for the Excellent Official Language activities for the year 2012-2013 on function organized by ICAR in New Delhi on 28.04.2014.

Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI receiving the Award from Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR in the presence of Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB and Shri Arvind Kaushal, IAS, Additional Secretary (DARE) and Secretary (ICAR)

Harvest of cobia farmed in sea cages by Cobia Fisherman Welfare Association under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Brief report of the harvest of cobia farmed in sea cages by Cobia Fisherman Welfare Association under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Cobia Fisherman Welfare Association, a self help group from Rameswaram took up sea cage farming under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. Ten cages of 6m diameter and 3.5m depth were fabricated and floated by them. All the investments in the fabrication of the cages, the cost of feeds and managing the sea cage farm were borne by the association. A total of 6400 fingerlings of hatchery produced cobia were supplied from Mandapam Regional Centre. The farming was initiated during the middle of November 2013.

On 8th May 2014 the maiden harvest of cobia was conducted. Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram flagged of the harvest. About one tonne of fish was harvested on the day. The length of fish harvest ranged from 48 to 62 cm and weight from 1.0 to 2.3 kg. The farm gate price was Rs.270 / kg.

In the conference hall a meeting was also organized. Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS, District Collector, Ramanathapuram was the Chief Guest, Dr.M.Karthikeyan, Deputy Director of Fisheries was the Guest of Honour, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division presided over the function. More than 100 fishermen participated the function.

The harvest will be continued in the coming days. The harvest made by the self help group under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI has generated an interest in the fishermen community of the area to initiate sea cage farming of cobia. The district administration and Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department is planning to take steps for establishing a finfish hatchery in the area to meet the demand of fingerlings. Attractive schemes to motivate the fishermen to take up sea cage farming are also being taken up. It is anticipated that the popularization of sea cage farming in the area can reduce the trawl fishing which is the major factor responsible for crossing the IMBL and the associated issues in the area. 

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge and Shri.P.Rajendran, Cobia Association President holding the harvest from the cage at farm site

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS and Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge handing over the harvested cobia to the Cobia Aquaculture Association

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS and Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge handing over the harvested cobia to the Cobia Aquaculture Association

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS lighting the lamp

Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge lighting the lamp

Shri.K.Nanthakumar, IAS giving the Chief Guest address

CMFRI organised a Press Meet for the release of Estimates of Marine Fish Landings in India for 2013


Press release on Estimates of Marine Fish Landings in 2013


All India marine fish landings

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi has estimated the total marine capture fish landings of the Indian coast, barring the island areas of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep, as 3.78 million tonnes in the year 2013. This is 4% less than the previous year’s (2012) estimate of 3.94 million tonnes, which was an all time high. The landings were contributed by the maritime states West Bengal (2.62 lakh tonnes), Odisha (1.24 lakh tonnes), Andhra Pradesh (2.66 lakh tonnes), Puducherry (0.69 lakh tonnes), Tamil Nadu (6.88 lakh tonnes), Kerala (6.71 lakh tonnes), Karnataka (4.37 lakh tonnes), Goa (1.04 lakh tonnes), Maharashtra (3.64 lakh tonnes), Daman & Diu (0.79 lakh tonnes) and Gujarat (7.17 lakh tonnes).

Important resources contributed to the total landings are oil sardine [6.0 lakh tonnes (15.7%)], Ribbonfishes [2.5 lakh tonnes (6.7%)], Non-penaeid prawns [2.1 lakh tonnes (5.6%)], Indian mackerel [2.0 lakh tonnes (5.3%)], penaeid prawns [2.0 lakh tonnes (5.2%)] and threadfin breams [1.8 lakh tonnes (4.8%)]. Though the Indian oil sardine dominated the marine capture landings with record production in 2012, the reduction is about 1.2 lakh tonnes in 2013. Hilsa landings from West Bengal showed a slight improvement to 41,448 tonnes as against 21,901 tonnes in 2011 and 9,981 tonnes in 2012 but still below the level of 84,000 tonnes in 2010. The landings of Indian mackerel showed slight improvement from 1.7 lakh tonnes in 2012 to 2.0 lakh tonnes still below the 2.8 lakh tonnes mark in 2011.


State-wise scenarios

In West Bengal Bombayduck, Hilsa shad, croakers, penaeid and non-penaeid prawns have shown improved landings in comparison to 2012. In Odisha, penaeid prawns, croakers and ribbon fishes have shown a reduction in their landings, whereas Indian mackerel landings were similar to 2012. 


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Marine Fish Landings in India - 2013


Penaeid prawn, Indian mackerel, ribbon fishes, croakers and Tunnies were the major species landed in Andhra Pradesh and their quantum were relatively same as compared to 2012. Tamil Nadu saw the Oil Sardine emerging as a major species to be landed and the relegation of once dominant silver bellies to lower rungs. Puducherry catch spectrum was dominated by silver bellies and other sardines and their landings were similar in both the years. Penaeid prawns and croakers have shown spurt in landings in 2013 as compared to 2012. Kerala witnessed a fall of its major resource viz. Oil sardine this year. Other major contributors to Kerala were Threadfin breams, cephalopods, stolephorus, Indian mackerel and scads. In Karnataka, Oil sardine which is the major contributor has witnessed a dip in 2013 as compared to the previous year. Indian mackerel and scads have recorded marginal increase in landing as compared to 2012. The other major contributors such as ribbon fishes and cephalopods are stable in their quantum of landings, whereas Threadfin breams have shown a dip after a record landing in 2012. Goa, being a purse seiner dominant state, has been flooded with pelagic catch as expected. Oil sardine is the major contributor to the landings and has not deviated much from 2012 performance. Other resources such as carangids, Indian mackerels, other sardines and tunnies have shown substantial increase over their previous year’s performance. Maharashtra’s spectacle has been dominated by the resurgence story of non-penaeid prawn. Other traditional resources such as Bombayduck, catfishes and ribbon fishes have shown increased landings in comparison to 2012. Gujarat which has shown a slight dip in total landings, has accounted for high contributions from ribbonfishes, non-penaeid prawns, threadfin breams, which have also recorded increased landings. The fishery of Bombayduck witnessed a slightly lesser production and the lucrative croaker fishery also had slipped a bit.


Impact of data on stakeholders

The marine fish landing data is an indicative picture of the state wise fish resource availability to cater our domestic and international market. The data availability will help in better management of landed resources. Heavily landed sectors may be better equipped with infrastructure enough to handle the marine fish landings. Marketing channels may be clearly planned according to the inflow and outflow of resources.

Overall production of the landings indicates that there is no immediate threat to the fisheries sector. But state wise data are showing some interesting results. Kerala can be cited as an example where the dip in catch is due to reduction in the most dominant resource of Indian oil sardine. But there is no reduction in the catch per boat involved in fishing. Thus we can infer that the reduction in catch is due to less number of fishing days in the state. Reduction in fishing days are due to inclement weather and rough seas. Thus a reduction in resource in a particular year is not indicating a reason to panic. But we are contemplating a complete usage of all the resources from sea as fish meal plants want raw material for their production. ‘No discard’ does not mean that the resources are safely utilized. Rather there is a concerted search for smaller and juvenile fishes to fulfill the demand of fish meal units. Such indiscriminate use of resources will result in an unsustainable fishing which can lead to collapse of marine fishery resources in the long run. CMFRI already recommended legal mesh sizes for respective fishing gears which can be strictly enforced for reducing fishing of juveniles.

Harvest of Cage Farmed Cobia and Inauguration of ‘National Training Programme on Marine Ornamental Fish Breeding and Aquarium Management Techniques’ at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Harvest of Cage Farmed Cobia and Inauguration of ‘National Training Programme on Marine Ornamental Fish Breeding and Aquarium Management Techniques’ at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI


The harvest of cage farmed cobia as a part of technology demonstration programme was conducted on 28.05.2014 at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. It was flagged off by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI in presence of Dr.K.Eswaran, Principal Scientist, CSMCRI, Shri.Abdul Nazar, President, Marakayapattinam panchayat, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division and scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre. The fingerlings produced in the hatchery were stocked in the cages during the month of September 2013. After about 8 months of farming by feeding with trash fishes the harvested fishes ranged in total length from 71 to 102 cm and in weight from 4.1 to 6.9 kg. A partial harvest of 582 kg was made and the harvest is being continued in subsequent days. The farm gate price was Rs.310 per kg.

A marine reef aquarium and a marine finfish and shellfish seed production centre were also inaugurated on the same day by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI in presence of Dr.K.Eswaran, Principal Scientist, CSMCRI, Shri.Abdul Nazar, President, Marakayapattinam panchayat, Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division and scientists of Mandapam Regional Centre.

Subsequently a 10 days National Training Programme on ‘Marine Ornamental Fish Breeding and Aquarium Management Techniques’ was inaugurated by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI. Initially Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division gave outline about the training programme. Dr.K.Eswaran, Principal Scientist, CSMCRI and Shri.Abdul Nazar, President, Marakayapattinam panchayat gave felicitation addresses.

Finfish and shellfish culture in cages by a fish farmer: Success story from Rajulalanka, Narsapuram, West Godavari under technical guidance of Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Finfish and shellfish culture in cages by a fish farmer: Success story from Rajulalanka, Narsapuram, West Godavari under the technical guidance of Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Six Galvanized Iron (GI) cages measuring 6 m in diameter and 4 m in depth was installed on river Godavari in Rajulalanka, Narsapuram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh in the month of January using pole mooring. Six cages were stocked with approximately 7200 seabass wild fingerlings ranging in size from 15 to 30 g at the end of February. Two cages were stocked with approximately 4000 mullet wild fry weighing 2 to 3 g during the same period. Subsequently, four cages (including the two cages stocked with mullets and two new cages) were stocked with 2.4 lakh L. vannamei hatchery reared PL 11 during the third week of May.

Seabass were fed with trash fish (Tilapia) @ 6 – 8 % of body weight. The feeding regime followed was: 8% of body weight twice daily during the first two months, 7% of body weight thrice daily during the third and fourth months and 6% of body weight four times a day during the last month. The stocked seabass grew well and reached on an average 649.44±272.40 g and 354.55±45.16 mm after five months at the time of harvest. Their weight ranged from 199 to 499 g and their length ranged from 270 to 485 mm. Survival % during the five month culture duration was 86.32 with 6215 numbers of fish being harvested producing approximately 4 tonnes. The harvested fishes fetched a farmgate price of Rs. 330/kg. The sold fishes were packed in thermocol boxes with ice in 1:1ratio and transported in open vehicles.

Mullets were fed initially once daily with pelleted feed, however subsequently feed was given twice daily, once with pelleted feed and the other with rice bran powder. Mullets reached on an average 250 g after five months of rearing. Survival % recorded for mullets was low with 45. The culture for mullets is in progress.

L. vannamei PL was fed with pelleted feed and they grew to an average 12.6 g (80 counts) after 68 days of culture. Feed tray was checked on an hourly basis and feeding was given on demand. Survival recorded was 66%. The total quantity harvested was around 2 tonnes. Half of the harvested shrimps were sold at a farm gate price of Rs. 243 /kg and the rest was stocked in pond for further culture. 

Awareness Programme on Conservation of Sharks in Indian Seas organized by Mumbai Research Centre of CMFRI

Report of

Awareness Programme on Conservation of sharks in Indian Seas


On 08.08.2014, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Mumbai Research Centre had organized “Awareness Programme on Conservation of sharks in Indian Seas” at Satpati, Palghar Taluka & District, Maharashtra. The awareness programme was inaugurated by Shri. Rajendra D. Gavit, Hon'ble Minister of State for Tribal Development, Labour, Command Area Development and Horticulture, Govt. of Maharashtra,  in presence of fishermen leaders  Shri. Narendra R. Patil, Chairman, The Satpati Fishermen Co-Operative Society Ltd., Satpati and Shri. Rajendra S. Meher, Chairman, Satpati Macchimaar Vividh Karyakari Saharkari Sanstha Maryadit, Satpati and Mr. Ravindra Wayada, Assistant Fisheries Commissioner , Dept. of Fisheries, Maharashtra. The programme was presided by Dr. Veerendra Veer Singh, Principal Scientist & Scientist In-Charge, MRC of CMFRI, Mumbai. Dr. G. B. Purushottama, Scientist, MRC of CMFRI, Mumbai & Co-Ordinator of this programme had delivered keynote address on “Conservation of Sharks”. Dr. V. S. Somavanshi, Former Director General, Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai, Shri. S. G. Raje, Former Scientist, CMFRI, Mumbai and Dr. Shoba Joe kizhakudan, Senior Scientist, Madras Research Centre of CMFRI, Chennai also attended the programme as resource persons. Mrs. Anulekshmi Chellappan, and Mrs. Karthireddy Syamala, Scientists and other Technical staffs of MRC of CMFRI, Mumbai also participated to make the program successful.  


CMFRI bags coveted Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar

CMFRI bags coveted Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar


His Excellency President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the prestigious National Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar (2013) to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi for excellent work and commendable achievements in implementation of the Official Language. The Institute bagged the 3rd prize among all the central government organizations. Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director received the prize on behalf of CMFRI. Rajbhasha Awards are given by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India every year on Hindi Divas (14th September). This is the third time CMFRI has been conferred the prestigious award during the past four years.


International Coastal Cleanup Day observed at Mandapam RC of CMFRI

International Coastal Cleanup Day – 2014

20th September 2014, Saturday


The Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has celebrated the International Coastal Cleanup day through a beach cleanup activity at Maraikayarpattinam Beach on 20th September 2014. On the third Saturday of September each year, volunteers around the world take part in the world’s biggest coastal cleanup, known as International Coastal Cleanup Day. A large number of scout students and teachers from Mandapam Kendriya Vidyalaya , staff of CMFRI  and  residents of Maraikayarpattinam panchayat took part in the activity and removed around half ton of plastic wastes viz., carry bags, plastic utensils, nylon ropes etc from one kilometer stretch of the Marakayarpattinam beach.  On this occasion the Scientist in charge of Mandapam CMFRI, Dr. G. Gopakumar, has released a poster and brochure and explained the significance of the day. Marine debris and litter is a cause of concern due to its ill effect on the living fauna and flora.  Coastal Cleanup is one of the largest international volunteer events. The Cleanup gives citizens around the world the opportunity to clean up the anthropogenic pollution of the coast which affects the marine biodiversity and fish production. It also spreads the message to keep the coast free from wastes especially non-biodegradable wastes. In Gulf of Mannar, the event is of special significance due to the richness of coral reef biodiversity. This event was coordinated by Shri. R. Saravanan scientist of this centre.

Dr. G. Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI creating awareness about International Coastal Cleanup Day

Students and teachers of Mandapam Kendriya Vidyalaya, Staff of Mandapam Regional Centre and residents of Maraikayarpattinam village involved in coastal cleaning 

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched at CMFRI, Kochi


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi


In response to the appeal made by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi to make India a clean country within the next five years coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Nation, Mahathma Gandhiji through launching of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, CMFRI launched the scheme in its premises on 2nd October 2014.

The Director, CMFRI, Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, administered the Swachh Bharat pledge to all the staff members of the Institute at the CMFRI Auditorium at 09.45 hours. The Director gave a brief speech on the initiative and its relevance in the present context and the expected outcome from each staff member. A small documentary film prepared by Fishery Environment Management Division on plastics polluting the oceans was screened for the audience.

This was followed by an intensive three hours cleanliness drive led by the Director in front.  The staff members divided themselves into small groups and attended to the cleaning of the premises.  All the rooms of the office, corridors, frontage, lawns, and back yard of the Institute premises were cleaned in a phased manner with the enthusiastic participation of all the staff members.

Alongside the institute cleaning, a drive was carried out along the footpath and road side of the Ghoshree Road in front of the Institute. The staff cleaned the SBI ATM counter and its premises located in the campus. The wastes accumulated at different corners after the cleanliness drive were collected and disposed safely and effectively. After a break, all the staff weeded out unwanted files from their respective systems, thus removing the e-waste too. A similar cleanliness drive was carried out in all the Regional and Research Centres of CMFRI.



Hindi Chethana Mas Celebration 2014 at CMFRI, Kochi


Report on Hindi Chethana Mas celebration 2014

With a view to commemorate the Historic event of adopting Hindi as Official Language of the Union on 14th September, 1949 and to propagate and promote the use of Official Language Hindi in the Institute Hindi Chethana Mas 2014 was celebrated from 01 to 27 September, 2014 with various programmes and competitions in Hindi. The celebration was started with a Hindi workshop on Spoken Hindi on 01.09.2014. Various competitions in Hind such as Hindi Handwriting, Noting & Drafting, E- Governance, Poetry recitation, Hindi Conversation etc were conducted for the staff of the Institute and Officers and staff participated in each competition with enthusiasm and interest.

The valedictory function of Hindi Chethana Mas was organized on 27th September 2014 at 2.30 pm in the Auditorium of the Institute. Dr. (Smt.) Sunita Devi Yadav, Dy. Director (Implementation), Regional Implementation Office, Deptt. Of Official Language, Govt. of India, Cochin was the Chief Guest of the function. Dr. A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI presided over the function. Shri Rakesh Kumar, Chief Administrative Officer welcomed the gathering. Dr. J. Jayasankar, Principal Scientist, FRA Division presented the Message of Hon’ble  Agriculture Minister, Govt. of India.

Smt. Sheela P.J., Former Dy. Director (OL) and Smt. E. Sasikala, Former Sr. Technical Officer and Smt. E.K.Uma, Asst. Chief Tech. Officer (Hindi) of the Institute were honored on the pleasant occasion of Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar received to the Institute third time.

Chief Guest distributed prizes to the winners of competitions and to those who have participated in the Incentive schemes. A music programme was also presented by the staff of the Institute. Smt. E.K.Uma, Asst. Chief Technical Officer delivered vote of thanks.

Hudhud cyclone hits CMFRI hard

Hudhud cyclone hits CMFRI hard

The Visakhapatnam Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute suffered losses to the tune of Rs. 2.5 crore in the coastal cyclone. The newly-constructed pumping systems located at R.K. Beach were washed away in the heavy rain and the water pump located on the seashore was rendered useless as it was clogged with sand.

A major portion of the brood stock of grouper and pompano was lost in the sea. The powerful waves washed away eight cages in which the fishes were grown.

The outdoor algal culture unit was also completely destroyed. The compound wall of the main campus was also lost partially.

The researchers could rescue only 25 of the total 200 brood stock of Grouper – Epinephelus coioides, Pompano - Trachinotus blochii and Gnathanodon speciosus, that were being grown at the cage fishing facility. The power supply was also hit at the Visakhapatnam Centre as a large number of the electricity poles on the campus were uprooted.

The residential quarters of the researchers and support staff also suffered damage in the heavy wind and shower. The overhead water tanks and rainwater drainage pipes to the staff quarters were also damaged.

CMFRI will carry out the assessment of loss sustained to fishing crafts and gears separately.

ISO-9001 awareness programme at CMFRI

CMFRI organized an awareness programme and requirement of ISO-9001 among the staff on 18th October 2014 at 3:00 PM. Dr. T.V. Sathianandan, Head, Fishery Resources Assessment Division and Chairman ISO committee, CMFRI delivered the welcome speech. A lecture was organized in this connection with lead consultant Shri. Anil V Oommen deliberating on the needs of ISO and the improvisation to be done by CMFRI staff in their regular functioning. After the awareness talk, Dr. K.K. Joshi, Head, Marine Biodiversity Division and Chairman internal audit committee delivered vote of thanks. He expressed his views on improving the quality of the institute and need for augmenting our ongoing efforts in implementing ISO and acknowledged the effort taken by all in this crucial venture.




Successful Harvest of Cage Farmed Cobia Integrated with Seaweed at Munaikadu Village, Tamilnadu

Successful Harvest of Cage Farmed Cobia Integrated with Seaweed at Munaikadu Village

The availability of fish from the sea is declining in recent years mainly due to overexploitation of fish stocks.  The demand for fish is increasing year after year as it is an important source of protein and it is an essential nutrients to the poor section of the society. Hence in future years the additional sea fish requirement has to be met by farming- Mariculture.

The Mandapam Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) had been developing technologies for the seed production of high value finfish and farming techniques such as sea cage farming. The centre was able to standardize the seed production technologies of cobia and silver pompano and the farming methods of the same were also successfully demonstrated. One of the anticipated issues while expanding the sea cage farming is the environmental degradation and consequent disease problems. In this context the idea of bio-mitigation along with the increased biomass production can be achieved by integrating different groups of commercially important species which are having varied feeding habits. This concept is known as Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) which is getting importance at global level.

The scientists of Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) took initiative to impart the concept of integrated type of farming to the fishermen group of Munaikadu village who are already practising commercial level seaweed farming. The centre has given three numbers of low cost cages of size 4.5 m× 4.5 m× 3.5 m and stocked with cobia fingerlings at the rate of 100 numbers per cage. The seed material (720 kg) for the seaweed was also supplied for integrating with the cages. The cages were stocked with cobia fingerlings of size (20 cm length and 50 g average weight) during the first week of April 2014. A total of 12 numbers of seaweed rafts (12× 12 feet) at the rate of 60 kg of seaweed per raft were integrated with the cobia cages during second week of September 2014. The daily feeding of the fishes with trash fishes, maintenance of cages and the required watch and ward were done entirely by the fishermen group. The harvest was made on 30th October 2014. The harvest was handed over to the traders by Dr. M. Karthikeyan, Deputy Director of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu. Dr.Vaibhav Manthri, Scientist-in-Charge, Marine Algal Research Station gave the felicitation address. Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division presided the harvest programme and created awareness about integrated farming.

A total of 652 kg of cobia was harvested. The length ranged from 59 to 83 cm and weight ranged from 1.8 to 4.2 kg (average weight 3.25 kg). The farm gate price of cobia realized was Rs.210 per kg. The total seaweed harvested was 2,700 kg wet weight. The seaweed harvested was used as seeding material for the next crop. It was observed that the seaweed rafts integrated with cobia cages had a better average yield of 225 kg per raft in contrast to 150 kg  per raft of others  which were not integrated.

It is felt that this practice is effective both in terms of increasing the production and also for alleviating the organic load to the environment due to fish farming. The present success can be considered as the initial step towards the development of a full-fledged integrated marine fish farm at Munaikadu village which will be first of its kind in the country where seaweed, mussel/oyster, lobsters, high value marine food fishes and ornamental fishes can be farmed together.

Cage harvested cobia brought to the shore in boat

Taking the fish from the boat for transportation

Handing over the harvest

Staff along with the fishermen group during the harvest

Sampling the harvested cobia

Dr.G.Gopakumar Scientist-in-Charge & Head, Mariculture Division speaking on the occasion

Dr.M.Karthikeyan, Deputy Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu speaking on the occasion

View of harvested cobia and seaweed

State Level Interface Meeting presided by Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister at CMFRI, Kochi

State Level Interface Meeting presided by Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister at CMFRI, Kochi

The State Level Interface Meeting on agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries was held at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi on 6th November 2014. The interactive meeting with the various ICAR Research Institutes, State Agricultural Universities and KVKs was convened to discuss the issues related to research and outreach activities that would benefit farmers. The meeting was presided by the Honourable Union Agriculture Minister Shri. Radha Mohan Singh.

Shri. K. Babu, Fisheries and Excise Minister and Shri. K. P.Mohanan, Agriculture Minister, Govt. of Kerala, Mr. Subrata Biswas, IAS Principal Secretary, V. Muraleedharan, Kerala State BJP President, Vice-Chancellors Dr. P. Rajendran, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur; Dr. B. Ashok, IAS, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Dr. B. Madhusoodana Kurup, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi and representatives from ICAR research institutes CPCRI, CTCRI, IISR, NBPGR, SBI, CMFRI, CIFT, CIFRI, NBFGR and KVKs from Thrissur, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts of Kerala were present at the meeting.

The Union Agriculture Minister in his interactions highlighted that farmers of this country should benefit from research activities conducted by ICAR institutes and emphasized the importance of environment friendly technologies such as water harvesting, solar energy and adequate manpower. He said that higher productivity and less post-harvest losses in the Agriculture and allied sectors will ensure better remuneration for farmers. He was apprised about the status of KVKs and the infrastructure availability to effectively transfer benefits of research outputs and technologies developed to the farmers. The minister also assured that adequate funds are available with various Central government agencies and funding bodies to facilitate various programs related to setting up of cold chains for perishable products, infrastructure development for KVKs etc. but the initiative and support for these ventures should also come from the States.

The Union Minister was given a traditional welcome with a ‘Ponnada’ by Dr. A.Gopalakrishnan, Director CMFRI. On this occasion a book on ‘Livelihood Status of Fishers in India’ and four brochures published by CMFRI were also released by the Honourable Minister. Meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Leela Edwin, Director-in-Charge, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi.

Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture Shri. Radha Mohan Singh interacting with State Agriculture Minister and Fisheries Minister

Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director CMFRI presenting a memento to Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture Shri. Radha Mohan Singh on the occasion of State Level Interface Meeting at CMFRI, Kochi on 06.11.2014

Prof. Dr. Trevor Charles Platt FRS joined CMFRI

Prof. Dr. Trevor Charles Platt FRS joined CMFRI


Prof. Dr. Trevor Charles Platt FRS joined CMFRI as Jawaharlal Nehru Science Fellow, DST, Govt. Of India at CMFRI, Kochi on 7th November 2014. Prof. Dr. Platt, has been working on Indian EEZ for about 25 years, and has developed a specific interest in primary production of the Northern Indian Ocean. He has inspired a range of Indian students through the POGO-SCOR fellowship scheme, his visiting Professorship at NIO, Cochin and his teaching in various international training courses. Dr. Platt FRS is a scientist of high international standing, is the founding co-Chairman of ChloroGIN, the founding Chairman of SAFARI (another GEO activity, on Societal Applications to Fisheries and Aquaculture of Remotely-sensed Imagery), the founding Chairman of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) (1995-2005), former Chairman of Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS), all of which are highly respected on a world scale for constructive and cost-effective contributions to the relevant scientific field and especially to capacity building in developing countries. Currently he is executive director of POGO. He is at the leading edge in exploiting the scientific results of biological oceanography, especially its results achieved with the aid of remote sensing, as an aid to management of marine resources. He hopes to contribute to research on the relation between ocean chlorophyll levels and fishery yields. 

Ashtamudi short-neck clam fisheries becomes India’s first MSC certified fisheries

Ashtamudi short-neck clam fisheries becomes India’s first MSC certified fisheries

The short-neck clam (Paphia malabarica) fishery in the Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala has received India’s first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification which will help boost sustainable fisheries and also protect the ecosystem.  The certification to Ashtamudi short-neck clam fishery — only the third fishery in Asia to have received this recognition — will help in implementation of measures to ensure that this valuable resource is not over-fished and its ecosystem is protected.

Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest estuarine system in Kerala and the clam fishery there dates back to 1981, supporting the livelihoods of around 3,000 fishers involved in collection, cleaning, processing and trading the clams.

The growth of Ashtamudi’s clam fishery was driven by demand in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. By 1991, the catch peaked at 10,000 tonnes a year, but declined by 50% in 1993 due to overfishing.  Based on studies by CMFRI, a closed season and mesh size restrictions for nets were introduced, along with a minimum export size and a prohibition on mechanical clam fishing. These measures showed immediate effects, and the clam fishery has sustained landings of around 10,000 tonnes a year for the past decade.

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation set up to help transform the seafood market on a sustainable basis and runs the world’s leading certification and eco-labelling programme for wild-capture fisheries. 

The MSC certification was a joint effort by CMFRI, WWF, State Fisheries Department and the local fishing community. The certification demonstrates the power of collaboration between partners and the importance of a new council-based management system for clam fishery governance.

During the certificate launch function on 5th November 2014 at Kochi, Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director CMFRI welcomed the gathering. Ms. Leena Nair, Chairperson, MPEDA Mr. Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, MoEF and Mr. Ravi Singh, CEO and Secretary General, WWF-India gave speeches.  The MSC certificate was handed over by Dr. David Agnew, Director of Standards, MSC, London to Ms. Thankachi Prabhakaran, President of the Village Panchayat.  Dr. K. Sunil Mohamed, Head, MFD proposed a vote of thanks. 

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