Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute

Established in 1947 and later being a part of the ICAR family, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) is now a leading tropical marine fisheries research institute in the world.

The CMFRI stresses its research attention on the estimation of marine fisheries landings and effort, taxonomy of marine organisms and the bio-economic characteristics of the exploited stocks of finfish and shellfish. Along with capture fisheries CMFRI also caters to the needs of our growing population. It was also clear that there was a need to supplement capture fisheries with production from coastal mariculture and sea farming. Consequently, a major part of the research effort was diverted towards sea farming and coastal mariculture and this effort paid rich dividends in the form of viable farm and hatchery technologies for shrimp, edible oyster, mussel, clam and seaweeds and marine pearls. Besides, human resources in mariculture was successfully developed through the Postgraduate Programme in Mariculture, offering MFSc and PhD courses.

Home Training Courses

In order to provide access to the institute’s technologies and know how, the CMFRI organises following types of need based training programme for the benefit of farmers, researchers, academicians, administrators, students on various aspects of marine fisheries and mariculture.

  • Short course – 1-3 days duration
  • Intensive courses – 5-10 days duration
  • Training @ field - 2-5days duration
  • Summer/Winter schools - 21 days duration

Mariculture Division

Thrust areas of research
  • Captive broodstock development of marine finfishes and induced breeding techniques
  • Development of high density larviculture techniques
  • Evolving protocols for diversified farming practices such as sea cage farming and coastal mariculture
  • Demonstration of mariculture technologies and participatory farming programmes
  • Development of growout feeds and health management protocols for mariculture

Biodiversity Division

Thrust Areas of Research
  • Development of Indian finfish and shellfish biodiversity knowledge base to foster the assessment of biological diversity of Indian seas.
  • Biodiversity valuation of marine organisms in selected marine ecosystems along the Indian coast.
  • Assessment of fishing impacts on biodiversity loss with reference to threatened species and fisheries management.
  • Monitoring the conservation biology of economically important and threat-prone species and fragile ecosystem.
  • Development and Maintenance of database of Maine Biodiversity Museum to disseminate the information on the web to make it easily accessible to all

Marine Biotechnology Division

Thrust Areas of Research
  • Fish Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, & Fish Physiology
  • Fish Nutrition
  • Fish Health (Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, Cell Culture & Molecular Diagnostics)
  • Biochemistry and Bioprospecting

Fishery Environment Division

Thrust Areas of Research
  • Environment and Fisheries, PFZ validation, Eco-biological modelling
  • Evaluation of ecosystem services and processes, marine litter and other anthropogenic impacts
  • Development of restoration protocols for mangroves, awareness campaigns
  • Focus on seaweeds, seagrass habitats, plankton, marine mammals, coastal and pelagic birds
  • Climate change –focus on carbon sequestration, Ocean acidification, society based programs

Marine Biodiversity Museum

The Marine Biodiversity Museum at CMFRI collects, preserves, and displays species occurring along the marine and coastal environments for the education of researchers and public. The museum offers a glimpse of the biodiversity of the Indian seas displaying specimens collected from estuaries and coastal and deeper waters. The collections, arranged systematically for a better understanding of the resources, attracts students, teachers, scientists and the general public hailing from different States and Union Territories of the country, the students forming more than 80% of the total visitors.

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Post Box No. 1603, Ernakulam North P.O.,
Kochi-682 018.
Phone: 91 484 2394357 /12, 2391407, 2394867, 2397569, 2394268 /96, 2394750
Fax    : 91 484 2394909
E-mail : director.cmfri@icar.gov.in

Regional Centres of CMFRI

Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI
Mandapam RC of CMFRI
Marine Fisheries P.O.
Mandapam Camp-623 520
Tamil Nadu.
Email  : scientistincharge.incharge@gmail.com /mandapam.cmfri@icar.gov.in
Tel  : 91 4573 241456 
Fax : 91 4573 241502

Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI
Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI
Andhra University P.O.
Behind Aqua Sports Complex 
Visakhapatnam-530 003 
Andhra Pradesh
Email : cmfrivsp@gmail.com / visakhapatnam.cmfri@icar.gov.in
Tel  : 91 891 2543793, 263779 
Fax : 91 891 2543154

Veraval Regional Centre of CMFRI
Veraval Regional Centre of CMFRI 
Bhidiya Plot, 
Near B.M.G. Fisheries 
Veraval-362 269, Gujarat
Email : cmfrivrl@yahoo.co.in / veraval.cmfri@icar.gov.in
Tel  : 91 2876 231865 
Fax : 91 2876 231865

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