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Dr.Sujitha Thomas

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Role:Principal Scientist
Focus of Research:
  • Demersal fisheries
  • Finfish mariculture
  • Marine fisheries and climate change

After taking masters in marine biology and PhD in clam biology, I am working in CMFRI since 1996. I have worked in molluscan fisheries, bivalve mariculture, marine biodiversity and demersal fisheries along west coast of India (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala). Currently I am working in Mangalore, Karnataka and involved in demersal fisheries biology and population dynamics, finfish mariculture, studies on climate change in relation to marine fisheries and resource mapping of marine species. I have contributed to development of marine finfish mariculture in cages in open sea and estuaries along the coast of India. I have interests in marine resource mapping and its application to fisheries management.                  

  • PhD  2007 University of Calicut
  • MSc  1992  Marine Biology, Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • BSc   1989 Zoology, University of Kerala   
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Development of Fisheries Management plans for sustaining marine fisheries of Karnataka and Goa. CMFRI
2 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
3  Assessment of Elasmobranch Resources in the Indian Seas CMFRI
4 Innovations in Sea cage farming & Coastal Mariculture CMFRI
5 Flow of matter through trophic levels and biogeochemical cycles in marine and estuarine ecosystems. MoES
6 National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) ICAR
Awards & Recognitions:
  • Best paper award in International symposium “Greening Fisheries” in 2012
  • Fish base  collaborator since 1997
  • Approved Research guide for Mangalore University, Karnataka
  • Recognized research guide for College of Fisheries Mangalore,  Karnataka


Best 5 Publications:

1. Thomas, Sujitha and Dineshbabu, A P and Sasikumar, Geetha (2014) Gastropod resource distribution and seasonal variation in trawling grounds off Konkan Malabar region , eastern Arabian sea. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 43 (3). pp. 384-392.
2. Thomas, Sujitha and Sreeram, Miriam Paul and Kakati, V S and Manisseri, Mary K and George, Rani Mary (2011) Coral fish diversity in Netrani waters off Murudeshwar Karnataka, south India. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 58 (1). pp. 45-51.
3. Thomas, Sujitha and Nasser, M (2009) Growth and population dynamics of short-neck clam Paphia malabarica from Dharmadom estuary, North Kerala, southwest coast of India. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 51 (1). pp. 87-92.
4. Thomas, Sujitha and Kizhakudan, Shoba Joe (2006) Cephalopod fishery and population dynamics of Loligo duvauceli (Orbigny) off Saurashtra region, Gujarat. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 53 (4). pp. 425-430.
5. Dineshbabu, A P and Thomas, Sujitha and Radhakrishnan, E V and Dinesh, A C (2012) Preliminary experiments on application of participatory GIS in trawl fisheries of Karnataka and its prospects in marine fisheries resource conservation and management. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 59 (1). pp. 15-22.

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