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Dr.Rekha J. Nair

Tel: 0484-2347976; Cell: 
Role:Principal Scientist
Focus of Research:
  • Fish Taxonomy
  • Fishery  biology of selected demersal groups.
  • Stock assessment and fisheries management

With a Masters in Mariculture and PhD in Flatfish taxonomy, I joined CMFRI in 1996 and started work on the biology and taxonomy of different groups of demersal fishes. I am currently working on groupers, snappers, rays and flatfishes as well as climate change and its effect on marine fish  in CMFRI. I have worked on the reef fish distribution along the Indian coasts and presently working on the database of reef fishes of India. My interests include marine fish taxonomy, fishery biology and stock assessment.

  • PhD  2012  Zoology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
  • MSc  1993  Mariculture, Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • BSc   1991  Zoology, University of Kerala   
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Kerala and Lakshadweep CMFRI
2 Assessment of the elasmobranch resources in the Indian seas CMFRI
3 Resources Assessment & Barcoding of Elasmobranchs MoES
4 National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture ICAR
Awards & Recognitions:
  • Commission Member, Species Specialist Group on Groupers (IUCN) for the period 2013-17
  • Won best paper in the Climate Change Session for the paper” Distributional shift of pelagics Indian oil sardine and Indian mackeral towards Northern Indian Ocean: a climate change induced scenario?” at  2nd International Conference on Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Development (ECOCASD), 3 to 5 October 2013, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
  • Associate Secretary, Marine Biological Association of India, Kochi
  • Best Research Paper in Akhil Bharatiya Hindhithar Bashi Vishesh Sthan.


Best 5 Publications:

1. Rekha J Nair and A Gopalakrishnan. 2014. A Review on the Fisheries, Taxonomy, and Status of the Flatfishes in Tropical Waters. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 22(2):1–9, 2014.
2. Nair, Rekha J, Dinesh Kumar,S and  Kuriakose, Somy (2014). Midnight Snapper Macolor macularis (Perciformes: Lutjanidae)—a new record of snapper from Indian waters. Marine Biodiversity Records, 7 (e32). pp. 1-4.
3. Rekha J. Nair. 2007.  Flatfish Fishery off Cochin and some aspects of the biology and stock of Malabar sole Cynoglossus macrostomus. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 54 (1): 45-49.
4. E. Vivekanandan, K.S Mohamed, S. Kuriakose, T.V Sathianandan, U. Ganga, S. Lakshmi Pillai and Rekha J. Nair. 2009. Status of marine fish stock assessment in India and development of a sustainability index in The 2nd Workshop on the Assessment of Fishery Stock Status in the South and Southeast Asia, 5 – 9 October 2009. Jasmine City Hotel, Bangkok.
5. CD on  Fish Database on a MS Access platform was published in 2007 which has a searchable database of all fishes in the National Marine Biodiversity Repository of CMFRI.

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