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HomeScientific Staff Dr.K.N.Saleela


Tel: 04712480224; Cell: +918714249466
Role:Principal Scientist
Focus of Research:
  • Crustacean  fisheries 

After post graduation in Industrial Fisheries in 1989, I joined CMFRI in 1992. I have worked on the fishery, biology and population dynamics of prawns, crabs, lobsters and prawn seed resources. I have contributed for the successful launching and large scale production of spiny lobster, Panulirus homarus in marine floating cage for the first time in India. I have also contributed towards the potential of spiny and sand lobsters in aquariculture as an alternative livelihood option for fisher men/ entrepreneurs. I have interest in developing technology for mass scale seed production and rearing of  spiny lobsters .               

  • Submitted my PhD thesis in nuitritional studies on spiny lobster in 2013
  • MSc  1989  Industrial Fisheries, Cochin University of Science &Technology, Kerala.
  • BSc  1988  Botany, Vimala College , Thrissur,  Calicut University, Kerala     
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Development of Fishery Management Plans for Sustaining Marine Fisheries  of Kerala and Lakshwadeep CMFRI
2 Development of Fishery Management Plans for Sustaining Marine Fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry CMFRI
3 GIS based Resource Mapping of Distribution and Abundance of finfishes and shell fishes off Indian coast for suggesting Operational based Strategies for Fisheries Management CMFRI
Awards & Recognitions:



Best 5 Publications:

1. Saleela, K N , Unnikrishnan C and Raju.B  (2011)  Lobsters as a cultivable species for marine aquaria.  CMFRI  Course Manual  on Advanced techniques in marine ornamental fish keeping and breeding   pp. 124-128.
2. Mohamed Kasim, H, Saleela.K.N  and Dhana Raju .K (1999)  . Present status of exploitation of shrimp resource along the east coast of India with special reference to Kakinada coast.   FSI special Publication on Conservation and management  of shrimp resources of the east coast of India pp .42-56.
3. Neelakanta Pillai,Suseelan.C,Rajan. K.N,Sampson Manikkam.P.E,Manmadan Nair.K.R and Saleela.K.N  (1993) Hand book on hatchery production of shrimp seeds.
4. Syda Rao.G, Rani Mary George, Anil.M.K, Saleela.K.N, Jasmine .S, Hanumantha Rao.G and Jose Kingsly .H (2010) Cage culture of the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus  (Linnaeus) at Vihinjam , Trivandrum along the south-west coast of India,Indian  Journal of Fisheries , 57 (1). pp. 23-29.
5. Anil. M.K, Saleela.K.N, Jose Kingsly.H, Udayakumar.A and Thomas.K.T (2010) Setting up and maintenance of reef aquariums. Course manual on National training programme on  Marine ornamental fish keeping and breeding   pp. 68-73.

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