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.


CMFRI achieves success in breeding and seed production of another species of Pompano (Indian Pompano), Trachinotus mookalee at Visakhapatnam.

CMFRI achieves success in breeding and seed production of another species of Pompano (Indian Pompano), Trachinotus mookalee at Visakhapatnam.

Among the many high valued marine tropical finfish that could be farmed in India, the  Indian pompano, Trachinotus mookalee is one of ideal candidate species, mainly due to its good meat quality and high market demand fetching a farmgate price of about Rs. 300 / kg. It is one of the fast growing carangids and occurs along the north-east coast but does not form a major fishery. The species is able to acclimatize and grow well even at a lower salinity of about 15 ppt and hence is suitable for farming in the vast low saline pond waters of our country besides its huge potential for sea cage farming.

At Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI, successful broodstock development, and induced spawning of Indian pompano was achieved for the first time in March, 2014. The larval rearing was successfully completed and seed production was achieved. High growth rate coupled with versatile feeding behavior enhances the culture potential. It can also be cultured with shrimps providing added boost to the mariculture of the country. The species produces about one lakh egg per spawning. Efforts are in progress to develop a huge brood bank base to supply the fertilized eggs / one day old larvae for rearing in the hatcheries for the production of seed at their facility, thus facilitating the large scale culture. It is one of the most highly sought after fish with a farm gate price of about Rs. 300 / kg. Pompano is very rich in omega3 fatty acids (oily fish) and is widely regarded for its health benefits. Studies have indicated the occurrence of 16% omega3 fatty acids in similar species of pompano (T. blochii) earlier bred by CMFRI.    



An Indian pompano brooder

Newly hatched larvae

                                                                                  Metamorphosed fry

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 sea cage farmed cobia by fishermen self help group of Marakayarpattinam under technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI

Brief report of the harvest of sea cage farmed cobia by fishermen self help group of Marakayarpattinam under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI


Along with the Cobia Fishermen Welfare Association another self help group from Marakayarpattinam also took up sea cage farming under the technical support of Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI. Four 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 group. In one cage 400 hatchery produced cobia fingerlings of average length 26 cm and weight 118 gms supplied from Mandapam Regional Centre was stocked on 08.01.2014. In second set of three cages 2000 numbers of hatchery produced cobia fingerlings of average length 19.43 cm and weight 37.7 gms were stocked @ around 630 per cage on 10.02.2014 and the farming is being continued.  

On 22nd May 2014 a partial harvest of cobia which was stocked in the first cage was conducted. The length of fish harvested ranged from 47 to 64 cm (57.2 cm) and weight from 0.845 to 1.968 kg (1.4 kg). The duration of farming was 4.5 months. The farm gate price was Rs.290 / kg.

The harvest will be continued in the coming days. In continuation of the harvest of cobia conducted on 8th May by the Cobia Aquaculture Association the present harvest enhanced the confidence level of the fish farmers that commercially viable farming of cobia in sea cages can be done and marketable size fish production can be achieved within about five months. This is evident from the demand of seed by many self help groups who are ready to invest in the sea cage farming of cobia in the region.

Dr.G.Gopakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, scientists and technicians handing over the harvested cobia to the fishermen self help group Marakayarpattinam

Harvested sea cage farmed cobia

Weighing of harvested cobia

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.

Summer school on Technological Advancements in Seed Production of Marine Finfish and Shellfish

MoU signed between CMFRI and NIO for collaborative research programme on Fisheries and Oceanography

MoU between CMFRI-NIO for collaborative research programme on Fisheries and Oceanography

On 7th July 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi and Dr.S.W.Naqwi, Director, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa for undertaking collaborative research program on “Mud bank” a unique phenomenon observed along southwest coast during monsoon. Mud banks are clam areas when wave action is practically absent when rest of the coastal waters is turbulent with very high waves.  Fishermen consider “Mud banks” as blessings since they can operate country crafts in these calm waters and sustain their livelihood. Dr V. Kripa will be the leader of the project for the CMFRI component.

Reports on mud banks date back to early 18th century and detailed studies were undertaken in nineteen seventies by CMFRI under the leadership of Dr.E.G.Silas, Former Director, CMFRI.  Subsequent to this, targeted studies by individual researchers were conducted on mud banks. Even today, the mystery regarding formation of mud banks remains largely unresolved. During some years the mud banks remain for a long period whereas they form and dissipate very fast in other years. Now to understand the science behind the formation of mud banks and how it affects the resources, a multidisciplinary approach is planned by CMFRI and NIO. The physical and chemical oceanographic aspects will be investigated in detail by NIO while CMFRI will explore the biological aspects.

The signing of MoU was in CMFRI where scientists from both the Institutes participated. Dr Kripa welcomed the delegates from NIO and CMFRI. Dr. S. A. H. Abidi, former Member, ASRB gave a special address on the occasion. Felicitations were offered by chief scientists of NIO Dr. S. Prasnnakumar,  Dr. P.S.Rao, Dr.N.Ramaiah and Dr. P. S. Parameswaran, SIC, RC, Kochi. Dr. K. S. Mohamed and Dr.P.U.Zacharia, Heads of Divisions from CMFRI also welcomed the collaboration and spoke on the occasion. Both the Directors mutually agreed to work jointly for understanding the ocean and its resources and congratulated the efforts made by the scientists who have already started working towards achievement this goal.

The CMFRI, Research Vessel Silver Pompano will be used for the detailed studies of mud banks of Alapuzha, in central Kerala.

Training Program on ‘Image Pearl Production’ held at Vizhinjam RC of CMFRI


Report of the Training Program on ‘Image Pearl Production’

From 4th to 8th  August, 2014 at Vizhinjam R.C. of CMFRI


As requested by the Department of Fisheries, Govt. Of Kerala (DOF), a five day training programme on  “IMAGE PEARL PRODUCTION”   was jointly organized by Vizhinjam Research Centre of CMFRI and DOF from 4TH TO 8th  August, 2014 at Vizhinjam R.C. OF CMFRI. Fifteen participants (Officials of DOF) nominated by the department of Fisheries were trained on various aspects of marine image pearl production during the training and the program was fully sponsored by the DOF. 

The training programme was started with an   inaugural function in which Smt.  Mini Antony, IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala inaugurated the training by lighting the traditional lamp. The function was presided over by Dr. Rani Mary George, Scientist-in-Charge, Vizhinjam Research Centre of CMFRI. The Director also released the manual for the training programme by giving a copy to Sri. Dr. GPK Achary, Retd Principal Scientist of CMFRI.  Dr. K.K Appukuttan, Retd. Principal scientist and former Head, MFD presented image pearl memento to the chief Guest. 

Training program was successfully concluded with a valedictory function on 8th evening in which certificates were distributed to the trainees by  Dr. M. Laila , Joint Director of Fisheries and DGM, Projects, Matsyafed who  was the Chief guest.

Inaugural address by the Chief Guest Ms. Mini Antony, IAS, Director of Fisheries, Govt . of Kerala

Lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest

Release of Training Manual to Dr. G.P.K. Achary

Presidential address Dr. Rani Mary George, SIC

Memento to Chief Guest by Dr. K.K. Appukuttan

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.  


QRT visit at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI on 04.09.2014

QRT visit at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI on 04.09.2014

The meeting began at 10.00 hrs with the ICAR song. Scientist-in-charge welcomed all the QRT members to Visakhapatnam RC. The QRT comprised of Dr. T. Balasubramanian, Dr. A. D. Diwan, Dr. K. N. Prabhudeva, Dr. Srinivasakumar and Dr. V. Kripa. The welcoming was followed by staff meeting wherein all the scientific, technical, administrative and skilled supporting staffs participated actively and the QRT members expressed their happiness with the positive interactions and the overall ambience and attitude of the staff. Scientist-in-charge made a presentation on the major achievements in the last five years. The presentation was highly appreciated by all. Dr. T. Balasubramanian in his speech highly appreciated the efforts made by this centre for the development of marine fisheries and mariculture of the north-east coast of India. He remarked that the regional centre should be upgraded to “Centre of Excellence in Marine Fisheries and Mariculture for the north-east coast of India”. This proposal was greeted by all and endorsed by other members of QRT. He advised to scientists to have more collaboration with INCOIS in future. He also stressed on the study of estimating the concentration of various metals in the otoliths of finfishes. Dr. A. D. Diwan in his remarks stated that the study on climate change and its impact on fisheries along with development of integrated models were very encouraging and should be continued. He urged the scientists to do extensive research on biodiversity loss. He thanked the scientists for the excellent analysis of data obtained from marine capture fisheries. He was of the opinion that scientists should do more studies on the carbon accumulation in the benthic fauna and bottom sediments. Dr. Srinivasakumar in his speech assured that INCOIS will provide data sets for correlating oceanographic parameters with fish distribution and abundance. He asked the scientists to prepare a policy for cage farming. According to him, if CMFRI could come out with a map of potential cage culture sites, it would be wonderful. He briefed on the new generation super small tags which will be handed over to CMFRI in the next couple of months. Dr. K. N. Prabhudeva expressed his delight at the achievements of the centre in both capture and culture fisheries obtained with such young people. He asked the scientists to continue in future with the same zeal and momentum. He urged the scientists to take up more externally funded projects in future which will provide them with additional fund and manpower. He expressed his happiness at the extension activities currently in vogue. Dr. V. Kripa in her remarks stated that we should adopt ecosystem based approach in future. She also stated that model projects on cage farming should be designed and circulated to all concerned stakeholders. After all deliberations, the QRT members visited the laboratories, the marine hatchery, open sea cage farm, sea water pumping system and the quarter premises and was appraised of all the activities by the Scientist-in-charge.  The review ended at 14.30 hrs. 

Harvest of farmed seabass in the cage set off Kovalam on 16th September 2014

Harvest of farmed seabass in the cage set off Kovalam on 16th September 2014

Hindi Workshop held at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Hindi Workshop held at Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

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.

List of candidates for appearing for the Typing Test for the post of LDC to be held on 09.11.2014 at CMFRI, Cochin



Note: In case any of the following selected candidates did not receive the call letter for the typing test, he/she may download the proforma of the Admit Card, fill according to the instructions given below and may appear for the Typing Test on 09.11.2014 at CMFRI, Cochin.

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Sl. No. Roll Number Name of the candidate
1 3014 Shri Vishal Bhagwanjibhai Chudasama
2 3036 Shri Solanki Mukesh Jeshabhai
3 3013 Shri Bhajgotar Jeeva Natha
4 3034 Shri Pandya Jatinkumar Jethalal
5 3003 Shri Rohta A. Chavda
6 3008 Shri Krishna Kumar Bariya 
7 1523 Ms. Sathyavathi
8 1529 Ms. Bhavya A.
9 1534 Ms. Soumya
10 2173 Shri P. Tamil Arasan
11 2105 Shri J. Arun Shankar
12 2169 Shri N.M. Srinivasan
13 2122 Ms. R. Ishwarya
14 2182 Ms. P. Vijishalini
15 2136 Shri N. Mahendran
16 2121 Ms. K. Hema
17 2192 Shri M. Rajeswaran
18 2128 Ms. M. Karthika 
19 2179 Ms. M. Valarmathi 
20 2176 Shri Thillai Gunaseelan G. 
21 1103 Ms. M. Afrin Rani
22 1158 Ms. Manjula Devi U.
23 1210 Shri K.R. Saravanan
24 1139 Shri J. Jeya Hariharan
25 1157 Shri K.R. Manikantan
26 1215 Shri R. Saravanan
27 1149 Ms. S. Kiruba Cathrin
28 1174 Shri Mukesh Kumar
29 1133 Shri H. Imam Hussain Ibrahim
30 1156 Shri S. Maharajan
31 1108 Shri N. Anbarasan
32 1114 Ms. V. Annapoorani
33 1187 Shri P. Prabakar
34 1248 Ms. S. Vaidehi 
35 1162 Shri R. Mathan Raj
36 1236 Ms. R. Sujitha
37 1135 Shri B.C. Lakshman Moorthy
38 1182 Ms. P. Nirmala Devi 
39 1256 Shri T. Vijayarengan
40 1126 Shri V.T. Dhananjeyan
41 1188 Ms. J.S. Prasanna Gomathy
42 1223 Shri M. Sathyendran
43 1254 Ms. C. Vijayalakshmi
44 5545 Ms. Renu P.R.
45 5604 Ms. Samantha N.K.
46 5089 Ms. Renuka Parameswaran
47 5443 Shri Rakesh R.
48 5163 Shri Sarath U.S.
49 5102 Ms. Sreeja N.P.
50 5334 Shri Manu Manilal
51 5451 Shri Akhil E.V.
52 5101 Ms. Preethamol V.K.
53 5175 Ms. Remya K. Sivaraman
54 5260 Mrs. Anitha T.M.
55 5087 Mrs. Sandhya C.K.
56 5213 Shri Anoop T.K.
57 5431 Ms. Anisha Gopal
58 5050 Ms. Babitha S.
59 5478 Shri Pravin M.P.
60 5542 Shri Pradeep P.G.
61 5265 Ms. Soumya K.S.
62 5493 Shri Shaiju T.
63 5150 Shri Anumod I.S.
64 5521 Shri Vishnu Dev 
65 5310 Shri Suresh Kumar
66 5127 Ms. Lijini K.R.
67 5016 Shri Vineeth Raj K.P.
68 5109 Mrs. Sreebala N.P.
69 5361 Shri Binoy Bhaskaran
70 5064 Ms. Indu K.R.
71 5439 Shri Nishanth P.P.
72 5078 Shri Anoop K.K.
73 5286 Shri Vishnu Ravi
74 5041 Ms. Geethu Gopalan
75 5172 Shri Nikhil Kumar N.K.
76 5576 Shri Lokeshmon V.T.
77 5003 Ms. Sudha S.
78 5345 Ms. Parvathy M.S.
79 5096 Ms. Savitha P.K.
80 5378 Ms. P. Prathibha
81 5438 Shri Suvith P.S.
82 5147 Mrs. Smisha Ranis
83 5240 Ms. Hima Ajith K.
84 5149 Mrs. Asha Anand
85 5457 Ms. Remya R.
86 5516 Ms. Arya K.V.
87 5195 Shri Sanil Kumar C.K.
88 5210 Ms. Lekshmy Thampi C.
89 5258 Ms. Swapna S.R.
90 5469 Ms. Nicky Soman
91 5351 Ms. Geethu K.G.
92 5520 Mrs. Asha K.
93 5094 Ms. Smruthy N.S.
94 5226 Ms. Teena A.N.
95 5421 Mrs. Jalaja V.
96 5268 Ms. Athira P. Bharathan
97 5486 Ms. Ninu P.B.
98 5402 Ms. Deepthi L.J.
99 5403 Ms. Devapriya Devadas
100 5578 Shri Abilash R.
101 5084 Mrs. Menaka M.S.
102 5482 Ms. Reshma C.R.
103 5179 Ms. Gopika Gopalakrishnan
104 5411 Ms. Athira Krishnan
105 5275 Shri Arun P.K.
106 5518 Mrs. Vasanthi T.
107 5111 Mrs. Vineetha J.
108 5155 Shri Subin Raj K.B.
109 5575 Ms. Rajisha P.R.
110 5211 Shri Vipin V.C.
111 5006 Shri Krishnakumar M.R.
112 5311 Mrs. Manjusha K.A.
113 5415 Ms. Deepa C.G.
114 5019 Ms. Sumy P.T.
115 5577 Ms. Vineetha P.S.
116 5162 Ms. Sethulakshmi M.G.
117 5199 Shri Subeesh K.P.
118 5115 Shri Anurag G.
119 5045 Shri Sangeeth K.P.
120 5099 Ms. Namitha P. Mani
121 5316 Ms. Anila Rajan
122 5343 Ms. Sumitha K.C.
123 5550 Mrs. Muraleebhai P.
124 5565 Ms. Deepa P.L.
125 5424 Shri Omanakuttan R.
126 5467 Mrs. Sheeja M.T.
127 5202 Shri Binoy T.S.
128 5357 Ms. Manila M.
129 5553 Shri Sanoj T.S.
130 5028 Ms. Anju K.R.
131 5025 Ms. Sheeba V.
132 5269 Shri Nithin P.S.
133 5419 Shri Vimal Thampy
134 5517 Ms. Deepa G.
135 5579 Ms. Amilin Mani T.M.
136 5610 Mrs. Bindu K.K.
137 5584 Mrs. Karthika A.S.

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.




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