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Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries) ICAR visits Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR visits Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI


Dr. Pravin Putra, Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi visited the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) during 1st – 4th April, 2022. During his interaction with the scientists, he applauded the Centre for addressing the regional issues of Palk Bay & Gulf of Mannar region. He also appreciated the efforts taken by the Centre in popularizing sea cage, seaweed and marine ornamental fish culture. Dr Pravin Putra commended the activities being carried out by the Centre inclined towards the national programme like PMMSY.


He was the chief guest for the sea ranching of green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) at Munaikadu, Palk Bay, and also visited the seaweed as well as the sea cage farming & IMTA activities. He also interacted with the seaweed & sea cage farmers as well as the beneficiaries of SCSP programme of the Centre. Dr Putra distributed the Jelly Safe Kit to the fishers and utilization of the kit was demonstrated.Later, he visited the marine reef aquarium, Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), National Marine Broodbank, sea cage farm, marine museum, marine hatchery complex which includes, livefeed production units, finfish & marine ornamental fish brooders & larviculture facilities. He also visited the Marine Algal Research Station of CSIR-CSMCRI, Mandapam Camp. 


CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.


This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation  funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.