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Sea ranching of green tiger shrimp by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Sea ranching of green tiger shrimp by Mandapam RC of ICAR-CMFRI

In continuation of the regular sea ranching initiative, the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) released four lakhs of green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus ) seeds with a size of  PL-30 into the sea grass beds of the Palk Bay at Munaikadu in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu on 20th September 2021. The sea ranching initiative will be helpful to promote the livelihood of the fishermen in the region and also for the conservation and in maintaining a sustainable shrimp stock in the wild. The shrimp seeds were released by Dr. R. Jayakumar, Head-in-Charge, Scientists and Staff of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI and local fishermen. The programme was coordinated by Shri. M. Sankar, Scientist and Dr. Johnson. B, Senior Scientist of the Centre.



During the period from 2017 to 2021, a total of 13.745 million numbers P. semisulcatus shrimp seeds were released in this region. For the current financial year 2021-2022, a total of 2.1 million green tiger shrimp seeds has been sea ranched at Palk bay.

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.