Indian Council of Agricultural Research


Cage Harvest Mela SCSP and TSP Project Madras Regional Station, ICAR CMFRI, Chennai

Cage Harvest Mela SCSP and TSP Project Madras Regional Station, ICAR CMFRI, Chennai

With a vision to improve the livelihood of schedule caste fisher folks, six open sea cages were installed under the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan project at Kottaikadu Village, Cheyyur Taluk, Chengalpattu District. The cage reared sea bass fishes on attaining the marketable size and weight were harvested on 1 December 2023 in the presence of Shri.D.Janarthanan, Assistant Director, Department of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu,  panchayat leaders, panchayat members, beneficiaries of different groups involved in cage farming and the staff members of Madras Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI. The harvested fishes were immediately marketed to traders arranged by the fishermen. The total revenue generated was Rs. 4,16,340. The cheques were handed over to the head of beneficiary groups who were involved in the cage farming.



Under the Tribal Sub-Plan Project, 4 cages were installed at Senjiamman Nagar, Pazhaverkadu coastal village, Ponneri Taluk, Thiruvallur District. The Irular Community were the key beneficiaries who were mainly involved in open sea cage farming of sea bass fishes. The fishes were harvested in the presence of Panchayat leader and beneficiary members of different groups. The total revenue generated was Rs.3,23,250 and the cheque was handed over to the beneficiary group leader in the presence of its beneficiaries and staff members of MRS, CMFRI.

The ICAR-CMFRI open sea cage technology was well adopted by the fishermen of both coastal villages which in turn helped them to generate more revenue and make them self sufficient by improving their livelihood. 


Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying unveils ICAR CMFRIs study on Marine Fish Stock Status of India 2022

Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying unveils ICAR CMFRIs study on Marine Fish Stock Status of India 2022

Shri Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has unveiled a remarkable study report by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) on 31st August 2023 during the ‘Sagar Parikrama phase VIII at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.The report titled ‘Marine Fish Stock Status of India 2022’ reveals that India’s marine fish stock is healthy and sustainable. According to the study, a resounding 91.1% of the 135 fish stocks assessed in 2022 were deemed healthy, marking a significant milestone in India's efforts to maintain the sustainability of its marine fisheries. The report also highlighted the substantial reduction in unsustainable practices, with just 4.4% of the stocks facing overfishing.These findings are poised to substantiate India's position at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and are anticipated to have a favourable impact on the country's stance in international trade negotiations. This report is also expected to be a game-changer in India’s seafood exports as sustainability has emerged as a key criterion in the global seafood trade. Minister Shri. Rupala also released ICAR-CMFRI’s special publication titled ‘Good Management Practices in Seaweed Farming’ on the occasion. ICAR-CMFRI has identified 333 prospective seaweed farming sites covering 23,950 hectares, aimed at horizontal expansion of seaweed cultivation. India has a seaweed production potential of 9.88 million t wet weight per year while the current production stands at merely 52,107 t wet weight per year. Seaweed farming has the potential to provide revenue up to Rs. 13.28 lakhs per hectare in a year on a dry weight basis.


On the previous day, 30th August 2023, Union Minister Shri. Prashottam Rupala visited the Vizhinjam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI, Vizhinjam, Kerala. Addressing the gathering at the Centre, the Minister emphasised that offshore cage farming is the immediate focus of the country using bigger cages. “Cage fish farming is to be expanded to the offshore waters with better cage designs having a size of 30 diameters or above that can accommodate lakhs of juveniles”, Shri Rupala said. He added that ICAR-CMFRI should spearhead research and development efforts in creating these advanced cages. The Minister also urged ICAR-CMFRI to expand seed production technologies for finfishes to all the coastal states utilising the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. Shri Parshottam Rupala also underscored the untapped potential of Pearl Oyster production, urging ICAR-CMFRI to take a proactive role in scaling up its production in a bigger way. Dr L Murugan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Shri. V Muraleedharan, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs accompanied Shri Parshottam Rupala.