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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.


On the occasion, three monographs titled ‘Sciaenidae Fishes of North east Coast of India’, Elasmobranch Species of the Northeast Coast of India I’, and ‘Elasmobranch Species of the Northeast Coast of India II’ were released by Dr. Jena. In addition, as part of special Swachhta Campaign during 2-31 October 2021 and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, he planted mahogany and red sandalwood tree in the campus premises.  Dr. Jena appreciated the research activities and efforts taken by the Digha Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI.


Dr. Jena, along with Dr. A. K. Sahoo, Senior Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore and Dr. S. K. Roul, Scientist-in-Charge, Digha Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI visited the Digha Mohana fish landing centre to observe landings of marine fin fish and shellfish and interacted with fishermen and traders.  

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.