Thrust areas of research
To monitor and assess the marine fishery and resources along Northwest coast of India and formulation of better management plans for its sustainability.
To develop suitable mariculture technologies for finfish, shellfish and other cultivable organisms in open seas off Gujarat coast.
To understand the fluctuations in abundance of marine resources in relation to change in the environment.
To conduct transfer of technology, post graduate and specialized training, education and extension education programmes.
To provide consultancy services.
Ongoing Research Projects
a. In-house Projects
|Remote sensing assisted biodynamic forecasting paradigm for Indian marine fishery resources|
|Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustainable Marine Fisheries of Gujarat|
|Assessment of elasmobranchs along the Indian seas|
|Development of Strategies to sustain the stock and fishery of large pelagic in Indian waters|
|GIS Based Resource Mapping of distribution and abundance of finfishes and shellfishes of Indian coast for suggesting operational based strategies for fisheries management|
|Bioinventorying and biodiversity valuation of marine organisms in selected marine ecosystems along the Indian coast|
|Investigations on vulnerable coral reef ecosystems of Indian waters with special emphasis on formulation of management measures for conservation|
|Assessment of fishing impacted biodiversity loss, with special reference to the threatened species, to formulate management options for their protection|
|Ecosystem process of critical marine habitats and development of protocols for restoration|
|Pollution and litter in the coastal and marine ecosystem and their impact|
|Innovations in cage farming and coastal mariculture|
|National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) – Marine Fisheries Component|
|Establishment of sea cage farm for the Tribals of Gujarat Under Tribal Sub Plan|
b. Consultancy Projects
|Whale Shark Project: Collaborative consultancy programme on Whale Shark Conservation with Wild Life Trust of India (WTI) 2010 -11.|
Completed Research Projects
a. In house Projects
|Development of Management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Gujarat|
|Strategies for sustaining tuna fisheries along the coast of India|
|Resource damage assessment in marine fisheries: impact of selective fishing of juveniles and bycatch and discards in trawl fishes|
|Application of trophic modelling in marine fisheries management|
|Impact of anthropogenic activities on coastal marine environment and fisheries|
|Impact and yield study of environmental change on the distribution shift in small pelagics along the Indian coast|
|Pathogen profiling, diagnostics and health management in maricultured finfish and shellfish|
b. Sponsored Projects
|Assessment of myctophid resources in the Arabian Sea and Development of harvest and post-harvest technologies (MoES)|
|Demonstration of responsible fishing practices for the trawl fisheries of Gujarat state (MPEDA)|
|Open sea cage culture demonstration farms in India (NFDB)|
|Development of a library of putative probionts from marine environment belonging to the genus Pseudomonas, Micrococcus and Bacillus for application in mariculture systems (ICAR-AMAAS)|
Significant Achievements in the last 5 years