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.

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. 

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.


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. 

NBFGR Kochi unit at CMFRI campus to organise DNA Marker Training

NBFGR Kochi unit at CMFRI campus to organise DNA Marker Training

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CMFRI scientists conducted post-mortem on a blue-whale calf washed ashore near Periapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

CMFRI scientists conducted post-mortem on a blue-whale calf washed ashore near Periapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

Blue Whale washed ashore

Blue whale calf Length

Blue whale calf mouth

Blue whale calf Baleen plates

Blue whale calf_Post mortem sampling

Lower jaw of the calf


Vertebral column

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Summer School on "Recent Advances in Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Management"

16 February - 08 March 2015

CMFRI, Kochi

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