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Thrust Areas of Research:

Valuation of marine fish landings at landing centre as well as retail levels
Production and marketing and supply chain management of marine fisheries in India
Responsible Fisheries Extension
Gender mainstreaming
Economic implications of climate change and developing social models for reducing the vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change
International trade analysis in seafood trade and Fish market grid

Assessment of exploited marine fishery resources through the estimation of marine fish landings all along the Indian coast.
Developing management advisories through periodic stock assessment of important marine fish stocks of India for sustained production from the sea.Revalidation of marine fisheries potential and optimum fleet size for the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and fishery forecasting through modellingDevelop models and software for fish stock assessment, fishery forecasting and statistical analysis of fishery dataGeo-referencing of major marine resources using satellite derived data and models.Quinquennial Census of fishers, fishing crafts and gears.


Ongoing Research Projects:


Project title & Code

Present Status/ Remarks


Geo-referenced online information system for marine fisheries on GIS platform to formulate management strategies for sustainable harvest of resources (FRA/GIS/01). Dr. J. Jayasankar


Enhanced modelling for the marine fishery resource management and prediction with application of remote sensing, sample designing and artificial intelligence (FRA/MDL/02). PI: Dr. J. Jayasankar


Socio-economic assessment of marine fisheries resource use and management in India (SEE/SOC/33). PI: Dr. R. Narayanakumar.

Inhouse Continuing 2017-2024

Responsible Marine Fisheries Governance: Compliance Analysis and Peripatetic Capacity Development (SEE/GOV/34). PI: Dr. C. Ramachandran

In-house Continuing 2017-2023

Marine Fish distribution and consumption demand in India: A policy outlook (SEE/DCD/35). PI: Dr. Shyam Salim

In-house Continuing 2017-2024

An inclusive perspective of Gender mainstreaming in Indian Fisheries Sector (SEE/GM/36). PI: Dr. V.P.Vipinkumar

In-house Continuing 2017-2023

Response Surface and Mixture Experiment Methodologies for Process/ Product Optimization. PI: Dr. Eldho Varghese (Young Scientist Award Project)

ICAR-LBS funded 2019-2022

Empowerment of scheduled caste fisher folk through entrepreneurial capacity building of self-help groups in marine sector. PI. Dr. Vipinkumar V. P.

DST Funded Project 2019-2022

Pedagogic and pragmatic dimensions of vocational education system: A diagnostic study on employability of fisheries students. PI: Dr. Reshma Gills

ICAR Extramural Funded Project 2019-2022

Knowledge value chains for sustainable marine fisheries management: A diagnostic assay in an eco-polity spiral system of governance. PI: Dr. Reshma Gills

IMPRESS – ICSSR Funded Project 2019-2022

Completed Research Projects:

a. In-house Projects during XI Plan (2007-12):

Benefit cost analysis of marine fishery business and alternative options
A diagnostic study on dimensions, causes, and ameliorative strategies of poverty and marginalization among the marine fisherfolk of India
Impact of WTO regulations on Indian fisheries trade: A policy   perspective
Total factor productivity analysis of marine fisheries research in India
Coastal rural indebtedness and impact of microfinance in marine fisheries sector

b. Externally Funded Projects during XI Plan:

An assessment of literacy, income and health status of fishers in India
Preparing for climate change in marine system of Australia and India
Empowering women through fish processing and marketing in Kerala

c. Consultancy Projects Completed during XI Plan (2007-12):

Socio Economic survey of Fishermen in Pondicherry and Karaikal regions.
Socio economic dimensions of sea weed farming in India

d. Sponsored Projects:

Strengthening of Database and GIS for the fisheries sector - Marine Fisheries Census 2015 (Component of the Central Sector Scheme of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
Determination of the conservation value of the mangroves of Kerala : Resource assessment , economic evaluation and geo-referencing of mangrove patches along Kerala coast - MoEF

Completed Research Projects (last plan period):

a. In-house Projects:

Development of knowledge based information system for marine fisheries sustainability
Decision support system for marine fisheries management
Sustainability Profiling of major fisheries off Kerala coast –a Multi Dimensional Scaling Approach

b. Sponsored Projects:

“Marine Fisheries Census 2010” funded by Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.

Note: * During the time of the project

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years

Salient achievements 

The development and refinement of National Marine Fishery database using “Stratified Multistage Random Sampling”, a method unique to India. With this methodology, the Institute is continuously updating and maintaining the national marine fisheries database since 1950, which comprises data of more than 1200 species landed along the entire coast. This information forms the vital input for fish stock assessment periodically carried out by the Institute to develop management measures for sustained marine fish production. Also, data form the database is used by policy planners, fishery managers, sea food exporters and research organizations.
Conducts the National Marine Fisheries Census and developed a comprehensive census database published in the form of 11 reports (10 with respect to the 9 maritime states, one Union Territory and one summary report). These data are widely consulted by all the maritime states, government and non-government organizations involved in fisheries research.
Carried out Stock Assessment of different commercially marine fish species using six decades data (1950-2010) on landings by classifying the resources into 26 groups on a national level reviled that 18 resources groups fall under ‘abundant’ class, 5 fall under ‘less abundant’ class and 1 each fall under ‘declining’, ‘depleted’ and ‘collapsed’ classes.
Derived Potential Yield and Optimum Fleet Size for the maritime states West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat as part of the task assigned by the committee constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Developed the national database on marine fishery resources with information on species wise, gear wise and fishing zone wise landings and fishing effort. Digitized historical information on catch and effort of marine fishery resources.
Developed Computer Software for processing marine fish landings data, estimation of individual species level landings and exporting of information into RDBMS database. Also, statistical tools were developed for time series forecasting, stock assessment, multivariate analysis and optimization using genetic algorithm.
Fish Watch- a new system of field information dissemination on a near real time basis. The fish landing figures and landing centre price range of important resources at 6 major fishing harbours of the country published as “Fish Watch” in CMFRI website on a daily basis since 2010.
Trawl ban- Data on marine fishery resources FRA datasets and inputs from all capture fisheries divisions of CMFRI in association with other research organizations and associations /NGOs are able to close the mechanized fishing for 47 days on both the coasts and the DADF of MoA is able to successfully implement the ban.
Management advisories/Policy Documents were developed for maritime states such as Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu helping in sustainable development of marine fisheries in these states.
Using catch and effort time series of four categories of marine fishery resources, possible influence of fishery regulations like trawl ban was studied for all the maritime states of the country for the committee constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture to review the centrally implemented fishing regulations along east and west coast of the country.


  • Data base on Economics of different marine fishing methods, Valuation of marine fish landings, Private capital formation in Indian Fishing Industry and spatio-temporal prices of commercially traded fisheries
  • EBRFM based communication tools –Video Film on Low carbon fishing
  • A comprehensive methodology for assessment of Gender Mainstreaming in marine fisheries sector.
  • A multidimensional scale of measuring the effectiveness of Self Help Groups in marine fisheries sector
  • A movie on Success story of Women’s Self help groups in marine fisheries sector as a component of ICT Module in Gender (an interactive multimedia cyber extension package).
  • A fish market grid for selected markets in coastal Kerala
  • Value chain approach for developing Carbon budgeting in marine fishing operations

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