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.Evaluation of the fishery and resource characteristics of exploied pelagic resources growth, migration and stock assessment of major exploited pelagic fishery resources-by direct development of fisheries management advisories for Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Orissa and West Bengal and Lakshwadeep.
Development of management strategies for sustaining the pelagic fish stock and yield at optimum levels.


Ongoing Research Projects:


Project title & Code

Present Status/ Remarks


Resource assessment and management framework for sustaining marine fisheries of Karnataka and Goa (PEL/RMS/03). PI: Dr. Prathibha Rohit

Inhouse-Continuing 2017-2024

National Fishery Management Framework for Large Pelagic Resource (PEL/LPR/04). PI: Dr. E.M. Abdussamad

Inhouse-Continuing 2017-2024

Resource Assessment and Management Framework for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Lakshadweep (PEL/LAK/06). PI: Dr. K. Mohammed Koya

Inhouse-Continuing 2017-2024

Resource Assessment and Management framework for Sustaining Marine Fisheries of Kerala (DEM/RMS/07). PI: Dr. T. M. Najmudeen

Inhouse-Continuing 2017-2024

Resource Assessment and Management framework for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (PEL/RMS/08). PI: Dr. Shoba Joe Kizhakkudan

Inhouse-Continuing, 2017-2024

Resource Assessment and Management framework for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Gujarat (DEM/RMS/09). PI: Shri. Vinaya Kumar Vase

In-house Continuing 2017-2023

Resource Assessment and Management framework for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Andhra Pradesh (DEM/RMS/10). PI: Dr. Muktha Menon

Inhouse-Continuing 2017-2024

Developing management plans for sustainable exploitation and conservation of elasmobranchs in India (DEM/ELS/11). PI: Dr. Sujitha Thomas

Inhouse-Continuing 2017-2024

Marine eggs and larval studies along the Indian Coast (PEL/EL/40)PI: Dr. Prathibha Rohit PI: Dr. Reshma Gills

ICAR Extramural Funded Project 2019-2022

Cage Culture Demonstration of Indian Pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) in Chandipur, Odisha PI: Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh

IMPRESS – ICSSR Funded Project 2019-2022

Pilot Scale Demonstration and Feasibility Study of Lobster Fattening in integration with Pompano and Seaweed in the Lagoons of Lakshadweep PI: Dr. K. Mohammed Koya

NFDB Funded Project 2020-2023

National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) PI: Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan Dr. Ratheesh Kumar R.

NFDB Funded Project 2020-2023

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.
Management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Kerala and Lakshadweep
Management Advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Karnataka and Goa.
Strategies for sustaining the tuna fisheries along the coast of India

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)
A Value Chain on Oceanic Tuna Fisheries in Lakshadweep Seas (Funding - NAIP ICAR).
Assessment of Myctophid resources in the Arabian Sea and development of Harvest & Post-harvest Technologies (Funding - CMLRE -Ministry of Earth Sciences).
Assessment of deep-sea fishery resources of the Indian continental slope (Funding - CMLRE -Ministry of Earth Sciences)

c. Consultancy Projects

Consultancy project on installation of Artificial Reefs in the inshore waters of Tamil Nadu (IFAD) (Ongoing 2012 onwards)
Impact of the discharge of the high saline effluent on the various biological entities with M/s Chennai Water Desalination Ltd., Chennai.
Installation of the artificial reefs in five of the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu with Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Chennai

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years

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

  • Scientific information on fishery and resource characteristics of oil sardine, lesser sardines, anchovies, Indian mackerel, coastal and oceanic tunas, tuna live baits, billfishes, seerfishes, carangids, ribbonfishes, Bombay-duck, barracuda, king fish and myctophids were developed and documented.
  • Database on biology - food and feeding, maturation, spawning, recruitment and size composition in the catch of major species were developed.
  • Population parameters and biological reference points (BRP’s) of major species were estimated and documented
  • Stock assessment of major exploited resources were carried out and proposed fishery management guidelines for sustaining their stock and yield at optimum levels.
  • Developed fisheries management advisories (Policy briefs) for marine fisheries of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.
  • Migratory path of oil sardine (Sardinella longiceps) and ribbonfish (Trichiurus lepturus) along the Indian coastbwere mapped.
  • Satellite telemetry studies on Mmigration patterns of tunas in the Indian Seas initiated.
  • Taxonomy of major pelagic groups were studied, database on morphometric and meristic characteristics of the species were developed and key for their field identification was prepared for carangids, tunas, barracudas and other large pelagics.
  • Molecular studies of barracudas and tunas completed and barcodes deposited with NCBI.
  • New species of barracuda, Bombay duck and several deepsea fishes were described.
  • Fish ageing and image analyzing laboratory was established at the Division, CMFRI, Kochi.
  • Yellowfin tuna and mahe mahe (coryphaena) aged using otolth inscriptions.
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