Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Threadfin bream catch at Munambam Fisheries Harbour
  • Silky shark Carcharhinus falciformis
  • Long line catch of blacktip reef shark Carcharhinus melanopterus
  • Central fish biology laboratory at Kochi


Thrust areas of research

Estimation of maximum sustainable yield and stock assessment of major demersal fishes of the Indian coast.
Development of management options to maritime states for sustaining and enhancing the demersal resources.
Assessing the impact of climate change on marine fisheries and enhance the resilience of marine fisheries through development and application of improved production technologies.
Inventorying of Elasmobranchs occurring along Indian waters through DNA bar coding, prepare a national plan of action for sharks for better management and conservation.


Ongoing Research Projects

a. In-house Projects

Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Kerala and Lakshadweep
Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustainable Marine Fisheries of Gujarat
Assessment of the Elasmobranch resources in the Indian seas
Derivation and characterisation of embryonic & induced pluripotent stem cell lines from selected marine fish species aimed at Mariculture/ conservation.


b. Sponsored Projects

ICAR funded project “National Initiative in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)
MOES funded project “Resources Assessment & Bar coding of Elasmobranchs”
MOES SIBER project “ Flow of Matter through tropic levels and bio-geochemical cycles in Marine and Estuarine ecosystems”


c. Consultancy Projects

Installation of Artificial Reefs in the inshore waters of Tamil Nadu (IFAD)

Completed Projects (last plan period)

a. In-house Projects

Management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Gujarat.
Carbon sequestration potential of Indian seaweeds.

b. Sponsored Projects

Impact, adaptation and vulnerability of Indian marine fisheries to climate change (ICAR network project)
Studies on marine mammals in the Indian EEZ (MoES)
Bio-inventorisation of the coral fishes of South India with special emphasis on threats and conservation measures (MoEF)
Establishment and characterisation of cell lines from selected marine food fish and ornamental fish (DBT)

c. Consultancy Projects

Consultancy project on installation of Artificial Reefs in the inshore waters of Tamil Nadu (IFAD) (Ongoing 2012 onwards)

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years

Technologies/ concepts/ findings

  • The contribution of demersals reduced over the years to 26% in 2013 and the shift in landings from large carnivorous fishes to small Planktivorous fishes is attributed to the phenomenon of fishing down marine food web
  • Developed management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Tamil nadu & Puducherry, Gujarat and Kerala & Lakshadweep and the effort required to exploit the resources at sustainable level indicated.
  • The carbon sequestration potential of Indian sea weeds assessed. Ulva lactuca was found to be have maximum sequestration potential and sea weed farming on large scale in suitable areas will help to fix Co
  • Rapid stock assessment of Elamsobranchs indicates that the population along Indian coast is either less abundant or declining in different parts of Indian coast and in some places like Tamil Nadu and Puducherry shark population is depleted.
  • Role of artificial reefs in enhancing fish catch and livelihood investigated
  • Under the national initiative in climate resilient agriculture project (NICRA) evidences are now available that with Increase in SST increase in dispersal and abundance of small Pelagics (oil sardine and mackerel).
    • Reduction in mean size in the fishery (mackerel, Nemipterus sp.)
    • Reduction in length at first maturity (mackerel, coastal prawns).
    • Reduction in fecundity (coastal prawns).
    • Change in spawning season (Nemipterus sp.)
    • Change in diet composition (oil sardine).
  • Carbon foot printing of marine fisheries estimated
  • Integration of fin fish culture with paddy and shrimp in Pokkali fields demonstrated and the profitability proven.
  • Seed production of climate resilient species of high value marine finfish (Pompano and cobia) standardised
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