Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Deployment of artificial reefs in Cuddalore district
  • Kovalam Field Laboratory of Madras Regional Station of CMFRI
  • Harvest of cage grown fishes at Senjiamman Nagar
  • Visit of Honorable Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, and DDG (Fisheries) at Chennai Centre of CMFRI
  • Beach cleaning programmes conducted in connection with ‘Swachta hi seva’
  • Inception workshop of the project ‘Resource Assessment and Management Framework for Sustainable Marine Fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry’

Home MADRAS Regional Station

Thrust areas of research

Advisories for sustainable management of marine fisheries in Tamil Nadu
Lobster seed production and farming technology development
Popularizing cage farming techniques
Coastal habitat enhancement and restoration/Artificial reef in Tamil Nadu
Socio- economic studies and community empowerment


Ongoing Research Projects

a. In-house Projects

GIS based management advisory support information system for the marine fisheries sector.
Remote sensing assisted biodynamic forecasting paradigm for Indian marine fishery resources.
Assessment of Elasmobranch Resources in the Indian waters.
Development of strategies to sustain the stock and fishery of large pelagics in Indian waters.
Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
GIS based resource mapping of distribution and abundance of finfishes and shellfishes off Indian coast for suggesting operational based strategies for fisheries management.
Development of Fishery Management Plans (FMPS) for the bivalve fisheries of India.
Evaluation of ornamental gastropod fisheries in India and assessment of shellcraft industry.
Pollution and litter in the coastal and marine ecosystem and its impact.
Investigation on the ecosystem process of critical marine habitat and development of protocols for restoration.
Economics of marine fisheries and sustainable management: Policy issues and interventions.
Supply Chain management of marine fisheries sector in India.
Development and standardization of seed production technologies for selected high value finfishes and shellfishes. 
Innovations in sea cage farming and coastal mariculture.
Health management in selected finfish and shellfish for mariculture and aquariculture and bioprospecting for marine resources.
Aquatic feed biotechnology for mariculture and aquariculture.
Genetics, genomics and biotechnological applications in mariculture and fishery resources management.
Development of tissue culture technology for in vitro production of pearls from the black lip pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera and the refinement of in vitro pearl formation in Pinctada fucata.
Critical assessment of reproductive strategies and growth patterns of selected high value finfishes for mariculture.

b. Sponsored Projects

National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)- Marine Fisheries.
Bar coding of Elasmobranchs (Ministry of Earth Sciences).

c. Consultancy Projects

Installation of artificial reefs on the inshore waters of 17 villages along TN coast (with Dept. of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu).
Installation of artificial reefs on the inshore waters of 2 districts of Tamil Nadu (IFAD).
Installation of artificial reefs on the inshore waters of 4 districts of Tamil Nadu (IFAD).
Installation of artificial reefs on the inshore waters of 2 villages in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Dept.).
Installation of artificial reefs in the inshore waters of 12 villages in 6 districts of TamilNadu. (IFAD)

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.
Management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Strategies for sustaining tuna fishery along the coast of India.
Carbon sequestration potential of Indian seaweeds.
Resource damage assessment in marine fisheries: impact of selective fishing of juveniles and by-catch and discards in trawl fisheries.
Application of trophic modeling in marine fisheries management.
Technology development for seed production of shellfish.
Development of diversified mariculture systems.
Innovations in sea cage farming and development of sustainable Capture Based Aquaculture (CBA) systems.
Formulation and evaluation of larval and growout feed for marine crabs, lobsters, ornamentals and cage farmed finfish.
Pathogen profiling, diagnostics and health management in maricultured finfish and shellfish.
Biotechnological applications in mariculture and conservation.
Impact of anthropogenic activities on coastal marine environment and fisheries.
Impact and yield study of environmental changes on distribution shifts in small pelagics along the Indian coast.
Development of fisheries ecosystem restoration plans for critical marine habitats.
Benefit cost analysis of marine fishery business and alternative investment options.
Impact of WTO regulations on Indian fisheries trade: A policy perspective.
Total factor productivity analysis of marine fisheries in India.

b.Sponsored Projects

Impact, adaptation & vulnerability of Indian marine fisheries to climate change (ICAR).
Studies on marine mammals of IndianEEZ & contiguous seas (Ministry of Earth Sciences).
A Value-chain on high value shellfishes from mariculture systems (NAIP) (Completed in 2014).
Empowering women through fishprocessing and marketing in Kerala (NAIP).

c. Consultancy Projects

Marine Rapid EIA study for Sindya Power Generating Company Ltd‘s Coastal Thermal Power Project at Perunthottam Village Sirkazhi Taluk, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu.

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years


  • Maturation and broodstock development of marine tropical lobsters in India
  • Seed production in Scyllarid lobsters (Thenus unimaculatus /Petrarctus rugosus).
  • Open sea cage culture of lobsters and finfishes along north Tamil Nadu coast
  • Site selection, design, construction and deployment of artificial reefs in coastal waters
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