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Dr.M.K Anil

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Role:Principal Scientist & Head
Focus of Research:
  • Bivalve mariculture
  • Marine ornamental fish breeding and aquarium technology
  • Fisheries management

After graduating in fisheries from Kerala Agricultural university, took masters in Mariculture  in 1990 and PhD in crustacean fisheries and culture  in 1996. I am working in CMFRI since 1996 on mariculture.  I am currently the SIC, Marine Research Aquarium, VRC of CMFRI. I have worked on understanding cephalopod breeding and culture. In mariculture, I have contributed to the development of image pearl culture technology, marine ornamental fish and prawn breeding, sea cage farming and taken up consultancy work on EIA for port, impact of artificial reef on fishery and in the development of sea-life park for state government.  

  • BFSc 1986 Fisheries, from Kerala Agricultural university
  • MSc 1990 Mariculture, Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • PhD 1996 Cochin University of Science & Technology
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Sustainable molluscan mariculture practices CMFRI
2 Health management in selected finfish and   shellfish for mariculture & bioprospectinng from marine resources CMFRI
3 Aquatic feed biotechnology for mariculture      and aquariculture CMFRI
4 ICAR Mega seed project ICAR
Awards & Recognitions:
  • Consultant for marine environmental study for EIA for Vizhinajm Port
  • Consultant for Impact assessment of Multipurpose reef at Kovalam for Dept. of Tourism.
  • Consultant for proposed Sea-life park at Varkala for Kerala State government


Best 5 Publications:

1. ANIL, M K AND SUSEELAN, C (2000) Laboratory rearing and seed production of the mud crab Scylla oceanica (Dana). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 41 (1 & 2). pp. 38-45.
2. ANIL, M.K., 2003 Laboratory rearing and breeding of spineless cuttlefish Sepiella inermis Orbigny (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). J. Aqua. Trop., 18 (1): 35-43
3. ANIL M.K., JOSEPH ANDREWS AND C. UNNIKRISHNAN, 2005 Growth, behaviour and mating of pharaoh cuttlefish Sepia pharaonis Ehrenberg under captivity. Israeli Journal of Aquaculture, 57(1): 25-31.
4. M. K. ANIL, B. SANTHOSH, S. JASMINE, K. N. SALEELA, RANI MARY GEORGE, H. JOSE KINGSLY, C. UNNIKRISHNAN, G. HANUMANTA RAO AND G.SYDA RAO 2010. Growth performance of the seabass Lates calcarifer (Blotch) in sea cage at Vizhinjam Bay along the south-west coast of India. Indian J. Fish., 57(4) : 65-69,
5. ANIL, M. K., B. SANTHOSH, B.O. PRASAD & RANI MARY GEORGE, 2012. Broodstock Development and Breeding of Black-finned Anemone fish Amphiprion nigripes Regan, 1908 under Captive Condition. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 59(1):77-82.

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