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Cleanliness drive held as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign at Agni Theertham

Swachhata Hi Seva : Cleanliness drive held at Agni Theertham, Rameswaram by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI


The Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a cleanliness drive as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign at Agni Theertham, Rameswaram on Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October 2021. Swachhata pledge was administered by Dr. R. Jayakumar, Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge, Mandapam Regional Centre. Shri. K. Muraleedharan, Institute Management Committee (IMC) member was the chief guest of the event. Along with the staff of ICAR-CMFRI, Mandapam Regional Centre around 158 volunteers from Ramanathapuram District Administration, Indian Coast Guard Station, Mandapam, INS Parundu, Uchipuli, Green Rameswaram, JKR Resorts & Spa, Yathrai Paniyalar Sangam, Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam International Foundation and Daiwik Hotel, Rameswaram joined hands together for the massive cleanliness initiative at Agni Theertham, Rameswaram. In order to prevent the erosion vetiver grass was also planted in the region. 


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.


Name of ICAR-CMFRI appearing in the ICAR Foundation Day Award Ceremony Presentation on 16 July 2020

ICAR DDG (Fisheries) Dr J K Jena visits Digha Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

ICAR DDG (Fisheries) Dr J K Jena visits Digha Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi visited the Digha Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 7th October 2021. He interacted with the scientist and staff of the Centre and emphasized on a range of research activities such as value chain marketing of the marine catch and their socioeconomic status, exploring marine cage culture of important food fishes and collaboration with ICAR-CIFRI on biology and stock status of hilsa shad from marine environment.