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Inauguration of the Seabass harvest function at Uppunda by Dr.

Madan Mohan,
ADG (Marine Fisheries), ICAR

see page 4
C o n t e n t s
Path breaking success in large scale
seed production of Green mussel 3
Fish Harvest Mela at Uppunda,
Successful cage farming of Asian
4 Director speaks
sea bass and Pearlspot in
brackishwater cages 5
Research Highlights 8
Events 14
Exhibitions 16 Warm greetings to all

Official Language Implementation 17
t has been the endeavour of
Visit of Dignitaries 18 CMFRI to orient its research
Workshops / Trainings 19 programs and activities such that
the objectives of sustainable
Publications 22 fisheries and enhanced fish
KVK (Ernakulam) News 23 production from the seas are
achieved. It is evident that marine
Programme participations 24
fish farming has the potential
Personnel 27 to enhance the income of
coastal fisherfolk communities.
Technology transfer for cage culture in the open seas as well as the backwaters
and estuaries through field demonstrations and TSP programmes is undertaken
by the institute.The keen interest shown by the fishermen community to
Published by participate in these ventures have motivated the scientists to further improve
the vital linkages required for the projects to succeed when implemented on a
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan
larger scale. The recent breakthrough in the successful large scale seed
Director production of Green mussel is an example. The species is in great demand for
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute culture but seed availability is a constraint. Collection from wild stocks often
Post Box No. 1603, Ernakulam North P.O. leads to conflicts among the wild mussel collectors and mussel farmers. The
Kochi - 682 018, Kerala, India success in large scale production of spat in the hatching will help farmers to
cross the hurdle of inadequate availability of seed when the mussel culture
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operations are scheduled to start. Another recent success in breeding of Silver
Fax: 91-484-2394909 pompano even during the off-season using photo-thermal regulations will
E-mail: director@cmfri.org.in ensure seed availability throughout the year, allowing farmers to plan their
Website: www.cmfri.org.in aquaculture operations with this commercially important species in a better
way. Wild caught fish continues to be the mainstay of the marine fish food
supply in the country. It is well known that globally several fish stocks are
Editor overexploited, endangering in the long run fish food supply for the consumers
Dr. U. Ganga and livelihood options for fishermen. However, fish consumers are also
becoming aware of such perils. To bring the focus back to sustainable fishing
CMFRI and WWF India have tied up. Through this tie-up scientific inputs will
Editorial Board
be used by the hospitality sector to promote consumption of sustainably caught
Dr. Rekha J. Nair fish and discourage those that do not fit the sustainability criteria. Another
initiative taken up with active participation of KVK Ernakulam is the branding
Dr. R. Jeyabaskaran
for the fish and rice produce from the Pokkali fields of Kerala. Traditionally, rice
Dr. Kajal Chakraborty and fish crops are taken alternatively and branding will ensure the farming
Shri. D. Linga Prabu community gets premium price for the unique, organic produce that is safe
and nutritionally rich for the consumer also. It is hoped that these initiatives
Smt. P. Geetha can retain the strength of the fisheries sector and wholly benefit society.
Shri. Arun Surendran
Shri. P. R. Abhilash

A. Gopalakrishnan
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, is a premier research Institute
under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, devoted to research and training in
marine fisheries and mariculture.

CMFRI has three Regional Centres viz., Mandapam Camp, Visakhapatnam and Veraval
and seven Research Centres located along the Indian coastline, catering to the marine
fishery policy needs of all maritime states of the country.
Path breaking success in large scale
seed production of Green mussel
C MFRI has achieved path breaking
sucess in large scale seed
production of Green mussel (Perna
viridis) opening possibilities for mussel
farming to pick up in the country. With
the recent increase in demand for
mussels especially in northern Kerala
and Goa the price of Green mussel
has shot up to ` 5-10 per piece in
Kerala and `15 per piece in Goa.
After the peak production of 18400 t
in 2009, farmed mussel production
has stagnated around 10000 t per Mussel seed
year. The main factor hindering an
increase in the farmed mussel
production in India is the lack of
adequate quantity of quality seeds.
Coinciding with the increased Hatchery produced Green mussel seed
adoption of Green mussel farming in
northern Kerala the large scale
collection of seeds for farming from
the natural mussel beds led to conflicts
between mussel pickers and farmers.
However, recent hatchery production
and nursery rearing trials conducted
at Vizhinjam Research Centre of
CMFRI has rekindled hope for
developing a commercially viable A. Spawning of Green mussel B. Fertilized eggs
mussel seed production technology in
India. It revealed that a production rate
of 0.1 million spat can be realised in
a 1 ton capacity FRP tank in 30-40
days. The same number can be
nursery reared to the seed size of 10-
15 mm in small meshed nursery cages
within 40-60 days with a survival rate
of more than 95%. During the larval
rearing, it was observed that more C. Pediveliger stage D. Mussel spat - 25 days
than 80% of the D veliger reached
umbo stage by 8th day. Most of them
reached eyespot and pediveliger stage
by 15thday and became spat by 24th
day. They grew to 3-5 mm size by 40th
day and were transferred to nursery
cages for producing seeds for
commercial culture.
Ready to settle pediveliger stage
E. Mussel spat - 35 days F. Harvesting of spat from tank
can also be transported in oxygen
filled polythene bags for remote
setting. About 50,000 pediveligers
were transported to the Calicut
Research Centre in two oxygen filled
polythene bags at the rate of 25000
numbers per bag and used
successfully for remote setting.
G. Stocking of spat in nursery cages H. Mussel seed (Reported by: Vizhinjam Research Centre)

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Fish Harvest Mela at Uppunda, Karnataka

Dr. Madan Mohan inaugurates the Seabass and Green mussel harvest functions organized in Karnataka

D r. Madan Mohan, Assistant

Director General (Marine
Fisheries), ICAR accompanied by Dr.
District. The fish after a period of 18
months of culture had attained an
average weight of 3.5 kg. Partial
mussel farming has been taken up on
a large scale by several farmers using
raft method and the TSP programme
A. Gopalakrishnan, Director visited harvest of around 100 kg was done site at Mulky where tribals from the
the mariculture farm sites in Uppunda, from one cage and marketed at ` 400 Marati Naik community were recently
Saligrama and Mulky in Karnataka on per kg of fish. They also visited the trained to take up mariculture
28th March, 2015. The cages and mussel farm at Saligrama, where activities.
racks initially installed by the
Mangalore Research Centre for the
purpose of Technology Demonstration
had encouraged several fishers in the
region to take up cage culture of
finfishes in small indigenous
customized cages and rack culture of
bivalves (mussels and oysters) in
suitable water bodies. Dr. Madan
Mohan inaugurated the Seabass fish
harvest mela at Uppunda, Udupi Indigenous cages used for finfish culture at Mulky

Harvest of Milkfish at Pillaimadam lagoon

P en farming of Milkfish Chanos chanos
was initiated on trial basis in a
participatory mode with a fishermen
support for farming, the input costs of fish
nets, casuarina poles and labour were
borne by the fishermen group.
The fishes were immediately sold at the
Vedalai fish market at `140 per kg.
Another 500 kg of milkfish was harvested
group of Vedalai village at Pillaimadam Supplementary feeding at the rate of 1% in subsequent days. The remaining fish
lagoon, Ramanathapuram district in May of the biomass with extruded floating were kept for harvesting during the fishing
2014 under ICAR-NICRA project. An pellet feed containing 24% crude protein ban period in April - May to get a higher
artisanal pen 120 ×120 m supported by and 4% fat supplied by CMFRI was done market price due to low availability of fish
casuarina poles was stocked on 10th May in four feeding zones erected using PVC in the market during that time.
2014 with 25,000 Milkfish seeds frames. After a rearing period of 10 (Reported by A.K. Abdul Nazar, R. Jayakumar,
collected from the lagoon with average months, a partial harvest was made on G.Tamilmani, P. Rameshkumar, B. Johnson,
length and weight of 6.3 cm and 4.6 g 14th March 2015 where 250 kg of milkfish Amir Kumar Samal & K.K. Anikuttan,
respectively. While Mandapam Regional with an average length and weight of 33 Mandapam Regional Centre)
Centre of CMFRI extended the technical cm and 300 g respectively was achieved.

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Successful cage
farming of Asian sea
bass and Pearlspot
in brackishwater

T he cage culture technology

developed by the institute has
been successfully adopted in open
brackishwater areas of Kerala by a few
fish farmers. Shri. S. Sharma, Hon’ble
Member, Kerala Legislative Assembly
and former Minister of Fisheries,
inaugurated the harvest at Pooyapilly,
Ernakulam District on 21st March,
2015. The programme was presided
by Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director,
CMFRI. Dr. Imelda Joseph, Principal
Scientist, Mariculture Division,
welcomed the gathering. President
and members of Mulavukad
Panchayat, representatives from
MPEDA and State Fisheries
Department attended the function.

The cages operated by Mr.

Pramod, a traditional shrimp farmer
of Mulavukad Panchayat, produced
about two tonnes of Asian seabass
Lates calcarifer, locally known as Inaugural function of Seabass harvest in Pooyapilly, Ernakulam District
kalanchi. Three thousand seeds
procured from Rajiv Gandhi Centre
for Aquaculture (RGCA) measuring 4-
Cage farming of Milkfish
6 cm were reared in a nursery for 45
days and then stocked in two
Galvanized Iron (GI) cages measuring
W ith successful demonstrations
finfish cage farming in Kochi,
farmers are becoming more
400 g. The farm gate prize was
` 200 per kg. Survival was affected
because a few Asian seabass that
4 m x 4 m developed by CMFRI and innovative in selecting species also. accidentally entered the cage remained
fabricated by the farmer during April So far, Milkfish Chanos chanos was unnoticed and predated on the stocked
2014. Seabass were fed with low farmed only in traditional tide-fed Milkfish. The growth was better in the
value fish costing about ` 20 per kg ponds in Kochi. The fish is very cage than in the pond, due to the better
during the one year grow-out period active, has comparatively slow feeding and other management
when it attained 850 to 1500 g growth and feeds on detritus. practices in the cage environment.
weight. The juvenile pearlspot Etroplus Recently, with technical inputs from (Reported by Dr. Imelda Joseph,
CMFRI, Mr. Suni an innovative Mariculture Division)
suratensis caught from traditional
shrimp ponds, were also stocked in shrimp farmer successfully reared
the cage and fetched him an Milkfish in a 4 m x 4 m steel cage in
additional revenue of ` 50,000. The brackishwater at Panampukad.
farmer is now all set to fabricate two About 4500 Milkfish seeds of 2-4
more cages for the next farming cm size procured from
season. The technology has evoked Rameshwaram area in Tamil Nadu
interest in several other farmers in were stocked in cages during April
Mulavukad Panchayat who have also 2014. The fish were fed with
initiated cage farming. There is formulated feed and after a grow-
immense scope for this technology in out period of 8 months were
Kerala having many underutilized harvested with an average weight of
brackish water bodies.

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Harvest of cage
farmed fishes
at Poothotta

U nder the technical guidance of

the Mariculture Division a steel
cage of 6 x 6 m size was installed
with pole mooring in the backwaters
at Poothotta, Ernakulam. In April
2014 it was stocked with Pearlspot
(Etroplus suratensis) seeds collected
locally as well as hatchery produced
seeds of GIFT Tilapia procured from Gopalakrishnan, Director, on 23rd were sold in the local market at a price
MATSYAFED, Veliyamgodu and Red December 2014 in the presence of of ` 200 per kg for Tilapia, ` 500 per
snapper (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) Udayamperoor Grama Panchayat kg for Pearlspot and ` 400 per kg for
seeds collected from Thriprayar area. President, Vice-President, ward Red snapper. On the same day a
This was the first demonstration of members and other villagers. Pearl training programme on cage culture
cage farming in South Kochi area spot had attained 250 to 350 g in 4- was also organized for 50 local fish
after the technology was developed 6 months. GIFT Tilapia attained 750 farmers.
by CMFRI in 2008.The fish harvest to 800 g and Red snapper 1 to 1.4 (Reported by Dr. Shoji Joseph,
was inaugurated by Dr. A. kg in 8 months. The harvested fishes Mariculture Division)

Harvest of cultured Red snapper

P ond cultured Red snapper
(Lutjanus argentimaculatus)
locally called Chemballi was
Scientist-in-Charge, Calicut Research
Centre of CMFRI. Two hundred and
fifty fingerlings of Red snapper with
harvested from Shri. Sankaran an average weight of 100 g collected
Thorayi’s fish farm at Kodaserry near from the Korapuzha river were stocked
Atholi, Kozhikode on 18th March, in the adjacent 5 cent pond during
2015. The technical support for the August 2014. They were fed with low
culture was extended by the value fish @ 3% of body weight and
Mariculture Division and the harvest small fishes that entered the pond
function was presided by Dr. P. K. through the sluices during high tide
Asokan, Principal Scientist and formed a supplementary feed. The fish

Red snapper harvest

attained an average weight of 1 kg in
7 months with good survival rate. A
total of 245 kg of Red snapper
harvested was sold at the rate of
` 400 per kg. The input cost
was ` 35,000 and the net income
6 Cadalmin : CMFRI Newsletter No. 144 realized was ` 63,000. It was thus
demonstrated that the Red snapper is
a hardy fish that can tolerate wide
range of salinity and hence can be
cultured in less saline waters of
Tribal Sub Plan Project initiated at Mangalore
P roven technologies of low-cost
mariculture practices of cultivable
fishes were demonstrated under the
Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) programme of
the Mangalore RC. An amount of
` 4.5 Lakhs was sanctioned during
February 2015 and the TSP
programme was initiated in the same
month. A group belonging to the
Marati Naik Tribe was selected for the
pilot project in mariculture. A total of
45 people were trained for the
programme. Of these, 12 members
formed a group and the mariculture
activity was initiated in the Mulky
estuary situated about 45 km north
of Mangalore.
Installation of 3 racks for culture
of bivalves (mussels and oysters)
along with collection of oyster spat for successful nursery rearing with stocked in hapas for a period of one
by suspending rens in the Mulky more than 95% survival rate were month. Feed containing 30 % protein
estuary was initiated. For finfish extended to fishermen. For this, was used with growth monitored
culture, four small scale cages of 6 x several hapas were installed in the regularly to adjust feeding rates
2 x 2 m with an outer net made of 50 Mulky estuary for nursery rearing of appropriately. Grading is also being
mm netlon material and an inner finfish seeds before transferring them done at regular intervals to cull out
HDPE net of 18 mm mesh and GI to the grow-out cages nearby. A total the bigger sized fishes which are to
pipes as frames of the cage were of 1800 numbers of Seabass seed be stocked separately.
designed. Fingerlings of Seabass and measuring about 8 cm, procured (Reported by Mangalore RC)
Red snapper were selected. Protocols from a hatchery in the east coast were

CMFRI’s modified new website launched

T he modified website
was formally launched by
Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Menon in a
function organized in
CMFRI on 3rd February, 2015
when the institute was
celebrating its 68th
Foundation Day.
The new website was
designed by the Website
Development Committee
headed by Dr. K.S. Mohamed.
Dr. Sathianandan T.V.,
Dr. Jayasankar, J.,
Dr. Mohan, V.,
Shri. Manu V.K.,
Shri. Manjeesh R.,
Smt. Jayalakshmi, V.
and Smt. Deepa P.N.
were other members of the

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Research Highlights

First success in
spawning of Silver
pompano paves
way for round
the year seed
production Photoperiod regulation through timer connected to CFL lighting

T he first successful off-season

spawning of Silver pompano
through photo-thermal regulation was
achieved at Mandapam Regional
Centre of CMFRI. A total of three
successful spawnings were got during
November 2014 to February 2015.
This is considered a break through
that will help the Institute to achieve
the goal of round-the-year seed
production of Silver pompano.
With the onset of winter in
November, the sea water temperature
gradually falls below the optimal level Thermal regulation through titanium heaters fitted with thermostat
and becomes a major bottleneck in regulation by titanium water heaters tanks.
the continuous breeding and seed with thermostat increased source (Reported by A.K. Abdul Nazar, R. Jayakumar,
seawater temperature of 25 - 26 °C G. Tamilmani, P. Rameshkumar, B. Johnson,
production of Silver pompano.
Amir Kumar Samal & K.K. Anikuttan,
Breeding experiments through thermal to 29.7 - 30.3 °C in the breeding Mandapam Regional Centre)

Nursery rearing trials of pearl oyster spat

4 7,000 spat of pearl oyster,
Pinctada fucata produced at
Vizhinjam RC of CMFRI were reared
in basket cages (26 cm diameter and
16 cm height) at different stocking
densities ranging from 200 to 1000
spat per basket. During the first two
months cages were covered by velon
screen to prevent escape of small
sized spat and subsequently the screen
was removed to facilitate better water
flow for improved food supply, oxygen
availability and waste removal. Upto
a stocking density of 1000 per basket
there was not much reduction in Nursery reared pearl oyster at different stocking densities
growth rate. About 35000 seed were months with an average size of 35- grow out cage of dimension 50 x 50
produced in nursery cages in 4 40 mm which were transferred to x10 cm.

Pompano fingerlings supplied to different

parts of the country
A total of 20,330 fingerlings of silver pompano were supplied by the Mandapam Regional Centre to fish
farmers of Kerala during the period January to March 2015. Besides 21,500 and 6000 fingerlings were also
supplied to Karwar Research Centre and Headquarters, Kochi.

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Clam biomass
surveys in
Ashtamudi Lake

C losed season for clam fishery in

the Ashtamudi Lake is observed
during December to February every
year. To assess new stock in fishery,
biomass survey was carried out in the
five zones of lake during 9th to 11th
February, 2015 That is before the Sorting and counting of clams collected from different zones of Ashtamudi Lake
fishery opened on March 1st. Biomass
was estimated as 5300 tonnes which attributed to either non-synchronous rebuild stocks to higher levels or at par
was 49% less than last year. Unlike spawning/early spawning or sampling with last year’s stock size. In order to
the last year, clams were present in 4 error due to the high tide when survey confirm the stock estimates the survey
out of 5 zones. The observation of was done. If it is due to early spawning, will be repeated in May.
lower stock in clam beds can be then late spawning is expected to (Reported by Molluscan Fisheries Division)

Exploratory surveys around Lakshadweep archipelago

for Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis
T argeted cruise covering two
stations (9º55’08" N, 73º39’16"
E and 10º48’20" N, 72º40’38"E)
macro zooplankton samples were
collected from the two stations using
Isaacs–Kidd Midwater Trawl (IKMT)
observed from the preserved samples.
During the sorting and identification
of the station I samples, juvenile of
around Lakshadweep Islands was net. Horizontal towes for 30 minutes Glass octopus Vitreledonella richardi
carried out on FV Silver Pompano at the depth of 50 meter in the Deep was also observed which is a new
during 26th February to 1st March, Scattering Layer (DSL) detected using record from the Arabian Sea.
2015. To collect and ascertain the echo sounder (Garmin) were made. (Reported by Fishery Environment
presence of eggs of Sthenoteuthis In the laboratory Para larvae (21 Management Division)
oualaniensis in the Arabian Sea,the numbers) of S. oualaniensis were

Oviposited egg cases of Grey bamboo shark

T he Grey bamboo shark
Chiloscyllium griseum maintained
in the research aquarium at
Mandapam released mermaid purses
on numerous occasions in the
absence of a male counterpart in the
tank. On one occasion, the 20
numbers of mermaid purses released
were maintained in an FRP tank with
sufficient aeration to allow hatching.
Generally, mermaid purses hatch out
after 70 to 80 days but when none
hatched out even after 3 months of
incubation, they were examined and
it was found that thirteen were empty
and another seven were presumably
infertile or decayed. Some species of
sharks can store sperm for successive
fertilization from single mating. The
present observation shows that the
female bamboo sharks may release
mermaid purses even in the absence
of males.
(Reported by R. Saravanan, I. Syed Sadiq and
A. Shanmuganathan, Mandapam
Regional Centre)
Egg cases of Bamboo shark

D r. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director was nominated as Member of the newly constituted National Coastal Zone
Management Authority by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for a period of two years
effective from April 1, 2015 vide order no F No. J 1701/18/1996 I A-III.

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Dugong washed
A male dugong with a total body
length of 244 cm and weighing
200 kg was washed ashore at
Maraikayarpattinam, Mandapam on
24th March 2015. On examination it
was found that there was a deep cut
near the anus and a bleeding wound
near lateral furrow in the mouth
region. The exact cause of death could Dugong carcass washed ashore
not be diagnosed, but the had wounds
indicated that it was probably collided female dugong was found dead at (Reported by R. Saravanan, I. Syed Sadiq, A.
Shanmuganathan and N. Ramamoorthy,
with a vessel propeller or similar Thalaithoppu, Periyapattinam nearly
Mandapam Regional Centre)
speeding objects. In February, another 30 km away from the present site.

Cobia fishery in Lakshadweep waters Heavy landings of

R achycentron canadum (Linnaeus,
1766) was not reported from
Kalpeni Islands and the size group of
50 - 90 cm are regularly caught in
Santer seabream
Lakshadweep waters earlier. However
from the late 1990s due to the
drift gill nets operated off Androth
during August - April period in night
at Cochin
diversified fishing practices and the
shift in the time of operations, stray
fishing operations. Fishes caught in
hand lines are comparatively larger
Fisheries Harbour
numbers of cobia have landed at
Lakshadweep islands. Currently, cobia
is landed in Minicoy, Androth and
in size.
(Reported by Shri. K.P. Said Koya,
T he Santer seabream, Cheimerius
nufar is caught from offshore
waters upto100 m depth and reported
Calicut RC of CMFRI)
to attain a total length of 75 cm.
Reports from Oman suggest a heavy
exploitation through targeted fishery
for these sparids. On February 13th
2015, around one tonne of Santer
seabreams were landed at Cochin
Fisheries Harbour by hook and line
units operating between Mangalore
Hand line caught cobia from Androth
and Mumbai coast. This is the first
instance of these fishes landed here.
The fishes were in the length range of
Elasmobranch U nusually heavy landings of Zebra
shark, Stegostoma fasciatum was
30-43 cm total length (TL) and
weighed 0.47-2.3 kg each. Female
landings at Cochin observed at Cochin Fisheries Harbour
during the last week of March. These
fishes of 35 cm TL had ripe ovaries.
The guts examined were mostly empty
Fisheries Harbour were caught by longliners operated
off Lakshadweep. Three numbers of
and some contained semi-digested
molluscan shells. The fish has been
large manta rays, Manta birostris were listed as Data Deficient in IUCN list.
landed on 27th March 2014 by a drift (Reported by Demersal Fisheries Division)
gill net unit operated in deeper waters
off the north-west coast. Of these, one
was a pregnant female carrying one
Lobster cage
foetus measuring 101 cm in total
length. Fifteen numbers of Cow nose
farming under TSP
ray,, Rhinoptera javanica in fully nder Tribal Sub-Plan project two
mature condition were also landed in 6 m diameter cages stocked with
March, of which nearly one third were lobster seed were launched on 16th-17th
mature females carrying one foetus January, 2015, at village Bhardkhol,
each. Raigad District, Maharashtra.
Landings of Zebra shark (Reported by Demersal Fisheries Division) (Reported by Mumbai RC)

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CHOOSE WISELY - A campaign to promote responsible
consumer choices

Inputs on status of fish stocks provided by CMFRI to WWF India

C onsumer awareness is a crucial

step in preventing overfishing by
choosing to buy sustainably caught
overexploited or depleted species of
fishes. Be informed, choose wisely and
tell those around you about the decline
promoted by the World Wide Fund for
Nature (WWF). In India, CMFRI
assesses the exploitation of marine fish
fish only and lowering the demand for in our fish stocks is a concept stocks and based on certain specific
criteria developed by the scientists
classifies them into sustainable and
unsustainable exploited stocks. Dr. A.
Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI and
Dr. Sejal Worah, Programme Director,
WWF India signed an agreement
whereby the latter would be provided
technical inputs on sustainable fishery
resources by CMFRI to enable ITC
Hotels to adapt the international
Choose Wisely concept and guidelines
into its procurement practices,
hotel menus and other customer
communications.The classification in
red, orange and green colour codes
follows the same principle as the traffic
light system to indicate which fish are
the best choices for customers. The
catch based Rapid Stock status
Assessment method was applied for
Menu card in ITC hotels based on inputs from CMFRI each species included in the list.

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Lobster grow-out culture in wooden cages
L obster culture trials were carried out
at two sites in Manapad Bay,
Thoothukudi using low cost fixed
were provided with calcareous stones
and plastic crates. Lobsters were fed
once every morning at 10.00 hrs with
debris were removed daily. About
20% of the stocked lobster seeds which
were purchased for ` 240 to 300 per
wooden cages of dimension 3 x 3 x chopped cuttlefish and low value kg had grown to 100 gms and above
1.5 m having a 30 mm mesh size inner fishes @ 5-8% of its body weight. within a month whose market price
and outer net. The cage was fixed 0.5 Water quality parameters recorded varied from `1200 to 1800 per kg.
m above ground level. Under sized during the period were salinity (31-34 Culture duration varied from 120 to
and soft-shelled live lobster species ppt), temperature (28-32 ºC) and pH 150 days and at the end of culture
such as Panulirus homarus and P. (7.9-8.2). Partial harvest of grown-up period the entire wooden cages were
ornatus weighing 60 - 80 gms were lobster was done at 25-30 days taken to the shore for cleaning and
collected from different landing interval. Fortnightly sampling of the maintenance.
centres along the Thoothukudi coast lobsters was carried out to assess the (Reported by C. Kalidas, L. Ranjith, M.
and stocked at 1100 to 1250 numbers growth in terms of length and weight. Kavitha, N. Jesuraj and M.S. Madan, Tuticorin
per cage. Inside the cage, shelters Moulted shells, uneaten feed and Research Centre of CMFRI)

Culture of Silver pompano Trachinotus blochii

in hypersaline shrimp ponds
I n Gujarat, during the winter period
of November to February,
temperature reaches nearly 9-10 oC
with the salinity simultaneously
increasing to over 40 ppt. As a result,
shrimp farming is suspended during
this period and the fish farmers are
on the lookout for an alternative
species to culture during this period.
In this context, the Veraval Regional
Centre of CMFRI attempted pond
farming of silver pompano during the
winter period at Kodinar, Gir Somnath
District, Gujarat.
Hatchery bred pompano seeds
(1000 numbers) brought from the
Mandapam RC of CMFRI in
November, 2014 were initially
stocked in 3 x 2 x 2 m nylon hapa
fixed in the shrimp pond. After 30 days
they were released into the pond Harvested Silver pompano
measuring 500 m2. The salinity during
stocking was 47 ppt. The temperature Mussel Farmer
was 22 oC during day and 16 oC at
night. The fishes were fed thrice a day receives National
with formulated feeds having 48%
protein and 10% fat content @10% Award
of body weight. After 120 days of
culture, the fishes were harvested with
a survival rate of 93% recorded.
S hri. Shankar Kunder, a
progressive mussel farmer from
Saligrama in Udupi District and
Average growth rate of 0.26 g per
beneficiary of mussel culture
day was recorded. No diseases
programmes of Mangalore Research
occurred during the culture period
Centre of CMFRI received a national
with fishes maintaining good
award for outstanding contributions
appearance and color. The results
made by farmers in the field of
show that the pompano is a good
aquaculture. Award was given by the
alternative to shrimps during the
Marine Products Export Development
winter period. The idle shrimp ponds
Authority (MPEDA), Kochi at a
can produce an additional crop
function held on 10th March 2015.
during winter and earn profit.

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Integration of seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii in open sea
cages - a source of additional income
S eaweed resources exploited from
coastal waters of Gujarat are
inadequate to meet the growing
demand from the seaweed based
industries. Hence, there is a need to
cultivate commercially important
seaweeds to augment the supply of
raw materials to the existing industries.
Seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii was
integrated in the mega pilot scale sea
cage farm established off Somnath
under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP)
programme. During the past three
years various marine finfish and -
shellfish species were cultured
profitably in the cage farm by the local
Sidi tribes. This time, the seaweed K.
alvarezii was integrated along with the
spiny lobster Panulirus polyphagus to
create an additional income using the
existing infrastructure. Net tube Net tube seeded with seaweed being installed in the cage
method using old HPDE nets with an
internal support of PVC rings fixed in culture seaweed had grown to 11.5 farming along Saurashtra coast like
every 2 m gap to retain the tube kg and the crop is scheduled to be Sutrapada, Okha, Porbander, Miyani
structure and floats attached for harvested completely during May and Kodinar were also identified.
buoyancy were used. Around 1kg 2015. Thus, using the existing cage
(Reported by Divu. D., Mohammed Koya, K.
seed material was stocked in 4m farm infrastructure an additional Suresh K. Mojjada, Mahendra D Fofandi,
length net tubes which were placed income could be generated by the Sreenath K.R., Gyanaranjan Dash,
inside the cages. After 60 days of tribal community. Sites for seaweed Vinaykumar Vase)

Coastal erosion damages the sea water intake facility at

Kovalam Field Laboratory
O f late the coastal erosion and the water incursion
near Kovalam Field Lab (KFL) of CMFRI has been
progressively worsening and the seawater bore
installation was severely damaged in the last week of
January 2015. The sea is now only 50 metres from the
main gate of KFL. During the first week of February
after erosion affected the 200 metres length of the HD
PVC sea water intake lines, hatchery works were affected
and maintenance of the seed stocked for nursery rearing
became difficult. A team of Government officials visited
the site on 14th February, 2015. On 16th February 2015,
the Hon’ble Minister of Fisheries (Tamil Nadu) Shri. K. A.
Jayapal along with Commissioner of Fisheries Dr. (Smt)
Beela Rajesh, IAS and several other officials visited the
site to assess the damage. They also visited the Field Lab
of CMFRI and were appraised of the research works
progressing at the centre. The Tamil Nadu Government
and the Fisheries Department agreed to provide several
loads of granite boulders for piling up on the eroded
beach front to avoid further erosion.The works are
progressing and the temporary sea water intake at the
lab was restored on 6th March 2015.

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Foundation Day

T he Institute celebrated its

68 th Foundation Day on 3 rd
February 2015 at Headquarters and
its various Regional/Research centres
with an Open House when its
research laboratories and other
facilities were open to the public. At
HQ, 1770 students and 42 teachers
from 20 educational Institutions in
and around Kochi attended the Open
House. They had an opportunity to Visitors in Marine Biodiversity Museum at HQ
observe the scientific activities carried CMFRI staff. Students from 60 schools
out on the institute and interact with and colleges visited the centre. At
the scientists and researchers. The Karwar Research Centre, Dr. S.R.
Marine Biodiversity Museum which is Krupesha Sharma, Senior Scientist
a ‘Designated National Repository’ by explained the on-going research
the Government of India that houses activities to the students who visited
more than 22 holotypes and 2010 various laboratories, museum, library
specimens of marine fishes, corals, and marine fish farm of the centre.
sponges, sea snakes, marine birds, Over 1200 students from Primary and
turtles, seagrass and seaweeds was a Higher Secondary Schools visited the
major attraction to the students. The Kovalam Field Lab and Madras
library with more than 7000 scientific Research Centre, Chennai. Posters
books / periodicals and the Marine and charts were distributed to the Pelagic fishes exhibited at HQ
Aquarium were the other attractions. participating schools. Students
interacted with the scientists and they
The Foundation Day celebration were also taught the importance of
at Tuticorin Research Centre was cleanliness, minimizing the use of
inaugurated by Smt. S. Mathumathi, plastics, protection of endangered
IAS, Commissioner, Tuticorin animals and habitats and the judicial
Municipal Corporation in the use of water. At the Mumbai Research
presence of the Joint Director of Centre the foundation day was
Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu; celebrated by screening video films
Dean,Tuticorin Fisheries College and of the institute including short films on
marine life and the oceans. About
Working models explained to students at HQ
100 participants including fishermen,
college students, faculty from the
Institute of Science and ICAR institutes
in the vicinity visited the centre.
Drawing and quiz competitions were
conducted for students at Vizhinjam
Research Centre and winners were
given certificates and trophy.

Students visiting the museum at Karwar RC

Chief Guest Smt. S. Mathumathi, IAS,

in the oyster hatchery at Tuticorin RC

Students visit Mangalore RC Scientists-students interact at Vizhinjam RC

Research activities of Madras
Research Centre , Chennai being
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Women's Cell celebrates International Women's Day

T he International Women’s Day was

observed at HQ on 10th March,
2015 under the auspices of Women’s
Cell. Dr. M. Lekshmikumari,
Chairperson, Vivekananda Kendra
Vedic Vision Foundation, Kodungallor
was the Chief Guest. She gave a talk
on the topic “Dharmic responsibility
of individuals to the society”.
Women’s day was also
celebrated by all the lady staff of
Tuticorin RC of CMFRI by contributing
lunch to an old age home, Little
Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged
at Tuticorin on 7th March 2015. At Dr. M. Lekshmikumari delivering a talk on International Women's Day
Madras RC of CMFRI, Women staff
visited Adayar cancer hospital in
Chennai and contributed ` 10000/-
towards medical expenses for the
children admitted there.
Women’s Cell organised a special
lecture and interactive session with Dr.
Jacob Vadakkanchery, Nature Life
International, Ernakulam on the topic
“Life without Diseases” on 20 th
February 2015 at Kochi.
Dr. Jacob Vadakkanchery delivering lecture
on Naturopathy

Republic Day celebrations

Republic Day was celebrated at HQ and various Regional/Research Centres of the Institute.

Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director at the Republic Day celebrations in Veraval Regional Centre

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C MFRI participated in the

exhibitions organized during
following programs
z World Ocean Science Congress-
2015 held at Jawaharlal Nehru
International Stadium, Kaloor,
Kochi during 5th-8th February, 2015.
z ‘Sathavatsaraghoshangal’ of
Sanskrit College, Thripunithura
during 14th-20th February, 2015.
z Workshop on “Aquaculture of Sea
bass - Status and Way Forward for
Commercial Production”
conducted jointly by the Fisheries
Technocrats Forum and Central
Institute of Brackishwater CMFRI team from Vizhinjam RC with trophy for Best Marine Auarium won at Aquashow 2015
Aquaculture at CIBA, Chennai on
28th January, 2015. Foundation in connection with the University at Queen Mary’s College,
Grameen Gyan Abhiyan Chennai, 26th-28th February, 2015.
z Technology Pavilion to showcase
convention during 2 nd -4 th
the innovations and knowledge z 2nd Aqua Goa Mega Fish Festival
February, 2015 at Chennai.
products focusing on Information 2015 at Navelim, South Goa from
Communication Technologies for z Chennai Science Festival jointly 29th January to 1st February, 2015
Cross-Learning, organized by the organized by the Dept. of Education, and at Mapusa, North Goa from
M.S. Swaminathan Research Govt. of Tamil Nadu and Anna 5th-8th February, 2015.

Dr.Vipinkumar receiving the Award for the 3rd Best pavilion in World Shri. Laxmikant Parsekar, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Goa at the
Ocean Science Congress-2015 CMFRI stall during the Aqua Goa 2015.

Marine Ornamental Fish Broodbank facility established

at Mandapam Regional Centre
T he facility was developed under the
project 'Capacity building on seed
production of selected marine
ornamental fishes to fisherwomen in
Gulf of Mannar region' funded by Gulf
of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust
(GOMBRT), Government of Tamil
Nadu. 51 RCC cement tanks each
having a capacity of 350 litres are
available lending valuable support to
marine ornamental fish culture
programmes in the region.

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Official Language Implementation

Hindi Workshops

S poken Hindi workshops were held

at Headquarters and Regional/
Research Centres as follows:
At Kochi, on 24t h February, 2015,
Shri. Ramesh Prabhu, Chief Official
Language Translator, Hindustan
Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Kochi
conducted class for 22 officers and
At the Karwar RC, Smt. Bharathi
Doddamani, Associate Professor,
Shivaji College of Arts and Science,
Karwar conducted a workshop on 19th
March, 2015 for the institute staff.
At the Madras Research Centre the
‘Spoken Hindi’ workshop on 30th
March, 2015 was guided by Shri. Hari
Om Rastogi, Assistant Director (Raj
Bhasha) HTS, Chennai.
At Mangalore RC, a Hindi
workshop was held for staff on 1st
April, 2015 guided by Shri. Vageswari
Sivaram, retired teacher, Canara
Educational Institutions and Public

The leading Indian

Official Language quarter January - March, 2015 were
reviewed and decisions were taken for Journal
Inspections further improvement.
in the field of
S hri. Rakesh Kumar, Chief
Administrative Officer inspected
Regional Official
Language Annual
Fishery Science
the Official Language activities of since 1954
Karwar Research Centre of CMFRI on
25th February, 2015.
Conference ISSN 0970-6011
Dr. Madan Mohan, Assistant Director
General (Marine Fisheires), ICAR, S mt. E.K. Uma, Asst. Chief
Technical Officer (Hindi) attended
the Regional Official Language
New Delhi, Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan,
Director CMFRI and Smt. E.K. Uma, Annual Conference conducted by
Asst. Chief Technical Officer (Hindi) Department of Official Language,
inspected the Official Language Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi
Implementation of Mangalore and Mangalore Town Official
Research Centre on 28 th March, Language Implementation Committee
2015. at Ocean Pearl Hotel, Mangalore on
27th March, 2015. Shri. Vajubhai
OLIC Meeting Rudabhai Vala, Hon'ble Governor of
Karnataka State was the Chief Guest

T he quarterly meeting of Official

Language Implementation
Committee (OLIC) of the Institute
of the function. Kum. Snehalata
Kumar, Secretary, Kum. Poonam
Juneja, Joint Secretary and Shri.
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Contact : The Director, CMFRI
was held on 31 st March, 2015 Harindra Kumar, Director Kochi - 682 018
under the Chairmanship of (Implementation), Department of International Impact Factor 0.195
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director. Official Language, Ministry of Home NAAS rating 6.2
Official Language activities for the Affairs, New Delhi were also present.

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Visit of Dignitaries

Delegation from
Republic of Fiji
visits CMFRI

T he Hon’ble Minister for

Agriculture, Rural & Maritime
Development and National Disaster
Management from Republic of Fiji,
Inia Seruiratu led the delegation to
Kochi during his visit to India. The
visits were facilitated by the Ministry Fiji delegation at the CMFRI Museum
of Agriculture, Government of India
through Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR), led by its Protocol
and Liaison officer Mr. A. K Sharma.
The delegation comprised of the Fiji
High Commissioner to India H. E.
Yogesh Karan, Acting Permanent
Secretary of Agriculture Mr. Uraia
Waibuta, First Secretary Mr. Sakeasi
Waikere and Senior Economist Mr.
Osea Ratuyawa. They visited the
Central Marine Fisheries Research
Institute, Kochi on 29th January and
the fish cage farms at Panampukad,
Kochi to look at the cage farming
activities going on under technical
guidance of CMFRI on 30th January,
2015. The purpose of the visit was to
keep the Fiji delegation updated with
the latest fisheries technologies on
best farming practices. The delegation
appreciated CMFRI’s cage culture
programme. Visit to the cage farm at Kochi

Dr. B. Meenakumari, Deputy Director

General (Fisheries), ICAR visited
Mumbai RC of CMFRI on 24th January,
Dr. J. K. Jena, Director, National Bureau
of Fish Genetic Resource and Dr. Arun
S. Ninawe, Scientist G & Advisor,
Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology,
Department of Biotechnology, New
Delhi visited Tuticorin RC of CMFRI on
3rd February, 2015.
Shri. K. Nanthakumar, IAS, District
Collector, Ramanathapuram visited
Mandapam Regional Centre of
CMFRI on 27th March, 2015 and
inspected two sea farming cages at
Ramanathapuram district run under
State Balanced Growth Fund Scheme
Shri. K. Nanthakumar, IAS, at Mandapam Regional Centre of CMFRI with technical support of Mandapam

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QRT visits Karwar
and Mangalore
Research Centres

T he Quinquennial Review Team

(QRT) consisting of Dr. N.R.
Menon, Dean (Retd.), School of
Marine Sciences, Kochi and QRT visiting the hatchery facility at Karwar RC
Chairman, QRT, Dr. A.D. Diwan,
Assistant Director General (Retd.), Dr.
Prabhudeva, Fisheries Research and
Information Centre, Hebbal,
Bangalore, Dr. Sreenivasa Kumar,
Head, Advisory Service & Satellite
Oceanography Group, INCOIS and
Dr. V. Kripa, Member Secretary, visited
Karwar and Mangalore Research
Centres of CMFRI on 20th and 21st
January, 2015 respectively.
Presentation on centre activities by SIC at Mangalore RC

Workshop / Trainings

Summer School on "Recent advances in marine biodiversity

conservation and management"
T he ICAR sponsored Summer
School was held during 16 th
February to 8 th March, 2015 in
CMFRI, Kochi with 20 participants.
Inauguration of the summer school on
16th February, 2015, was done by Dr.
V. Kripa, Principal Scientist and Head,
Fishery Environment Management
Division, CMFRI. The major objective
of the summer school was to impart
training on the various aspects related
to study of marine ecosystems
biodiversity. The methodologies to
study biodiversity such as to species
identification, biodiversity indicators,
conservation of species and valuation
of biodiversity were discussed.
Assessment and protection of marine
biodiversity, application of R software Inauguration of the Summer School
in biodiversity assessments, economic
valuation of biodiversity and management in India were some of types of crafts and gears and the
vulnerability assessment, molecular the topics covered in different sessions. Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district for
taxonomy and its applications, marine interactions with the clam fisherwomen
fish cell lines, marine microbial On 28th February, field trips to the were organised. Guest lectures by
diversity, marine protected areas and Neendakara fishing harbour, experts like Dr. V. Sriramachandra
species, marine algae, mangrove Thottapilly landing center and Purakad Murty, Dr. A. D. Diwan, Dr. V. K.
ecosystems, CITES and modeling of fishing village where participants could Venkataramani, Shri. C. M.
aquatic ecosystems for fisheries observe fish landings from different Muralidharan (BOBLME) and Dr. Satish

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Guest lecture by Dr. A. D. Diwan Practical class in progress Participants receiving certificates from
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director
Sahayak (MPEDA) were organised. The presided by Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist and
valedictory function of the summer Director, CMFRI who distributed Course co-director, Marine Biodiversity
school held 7 th March, 2015 was certificates to the participants. Dr. P. Division proposed vote of thanks.

Training programme on "Seed production of selected

marine ornamental fishes"
T he training programme was
organized under Gulf of Mannar
Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT)
CSMCRI, Mandapam Camp
inaugurated the training. Shri. R.
Senthil Kumar, Biodiversity Programme
information Government schemes for
starting a hatchery were also covered
in the training. Thematic Apperception
funded project “Capacity building on Officer, GOMBRT delivered the Test was administered among the
seed production of selected marine felicitation address. Hands on trainees to identify their level of
ornamental fishes” to fisherwomen in training was given on broodstock achievement motivation. Feedback
Gulf of Mannar region. A total of 69 development, breeding, rearing of was received from the participants and
fisherwomen from Thangachimadam, larval and juvenile clown fishes, grow- Training Effectiveness Index was
Saveriyar Nagar, Raja Nagar, out techniques, livefeed culture, worked out. Thiru. M. Shahul
Anthoniyarpuram, Therkuvadi, copepod culture and Artemia Hameed, Eco-Development Officer
Kundukal and Pamban villages hatching, enrichment of live (GOMBRT), Dr. I. Rajendran and Dr.
participated in the training held in two feeds, water quality and disease R. Jayakumar (CMFRI), distributed the
batches during 27th to 29th January management. Topics like biodiversity certificates to the participants. Dr. B.
and 23 rd to 25 th March, 2015 of marine ornamental fishes in the Johnson, Principal Investigator of the
respectively. Dr. A. K. Abdul Nazar, Gulf of Mannar region, setting up of project proposed vote of thanks.
Scientist-in-Charge, Mandapam RC a small-scale hatchery for ornamental
(Reported by Mandapam Regional Centre)
and Dr. K. Eswaran, Principal Scientist, fishes and its economic analysis,

Inauguration of training programme Learning by doing- Artemia harvest practicals

Lecture session Participants along with faculty members

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Pre-launch workshop of All India Network
Project on Mariculture
T he Pre-launch workshop of the All
India Network Project on
Mariculture was held at Karwar
Research Centre of CMFRI
during 25 th-26 th February, 2015.
Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, Director
inaugurated the workshop and
explained the conception of the
network project and the overall
activities planned under the project.
Dr. K.K. Philipose, Project Co-
ordinator welcomed the delegates. Dr.
G. Gopakumar, Principal Scientist
(Rtd.) and Dr. Das, Dean, WBUAFS,
Kolkata offered felicitations on the
occasion. Scientists from all the
participating centres in the project
were present and the work plans were
discussed. Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, Director and Dr. G. Gopakumar inaugurating the pre-launch workshop

P roject inception cum training was followed by the Methodology One day training programme on
workshop of the Belmont forum training and a mock field survey to "Issues on Environmental
GULLS project "Global facilitate a hands on experience in Degradation and Coastal & Marine
Understanding and Learning for Local surveying techniques. The projects biodiversity" was conducted at
Solutions: Reducing vulnerability of aims to develop a rapport with the Mandapam Regional Centre on 25th
marine dependent coastal stakeholders at chosen study sites for February 2015, under Faculty
communities" was held in Poonthura, the community participation in Development Programme organized
Thiruvananthapuram on 25 th administering adaptation mitigation by the Mohamed Sathak Polytechnic
February, 2015. Mr. Shreekantan, plans to combat climate change and College, Kilakarai for participants
Joint Director of fisheries was the Chief to achieve sustainable fishing. from various polytechnic colleges in
Guest at the programme. Mr. Reported by SEETTD Division
Tamil Nadu. Dr. I. Rajendran, Senior
Muhammed Iqbal, Councillor, Scientist inaugurated the training
Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram National Innovations in Climate programme. The event was
inaugurated the program. Dr. P.S. Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) PProject
roject coordinated by R. Saravanan,
Swathilekshmi, welcomed the Review W orkshop was organized by
Workshop Scientist.
gathering and Dr. S. Jasmine, outlined the Demersal Fisheries Division during
January 29th-30th, 2015 at CMFRI, JNSF W orkshops - Prof. Dr. Trevor
the major activities of CMFRI related
Kochi. All the NICRA Associates from Platt (Jawahaharlal Nehru Science
to the upliftment of the fishing
HQs, Centre Co-ordinators and Dr. Fellow) jointly with Dr. J. Jayasankar
community. Dr. Shyam. S. Salim, Co-
E. Vivekanandan, Consultant of the and Dr. Grinson George (Fishery
ordinator of the workshop gave a brief
project participated. Resources Assessment Division,
description about the project which
CMFRI) organised following
"The Scientific Basis of Estimating the
Potential Fisheries Yield Using
Remotely Sensed Data" during 6th and
7th February, 2015.
"Oceanographic bases for
fluctuations in fisheries resources in
the Northern Indian Ocean" on the
9th and 10th February, 2015.
A Hands on training programme on
open sea cage culture for 15
fishermen from Kerala was held
during 8 th -9 th January, 2015 at
Hands on training for fishermen at Karwar RC Karwar RC.

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Sasikumar, G., K.S.

Mohamed, P. Rohit and G.
Sampathkumar 2015.
Policy Guidance on CMFRI, FRAD 2015.
Cuttlefish fishery using Fish Marine Fish landings
Aggregating Devices. in India - 2014
CMFRI Mar. Fish. Policy
Ser.1, 56p.


Training Manual "Fish Stock
Assessment and

Research Advisory Committee meeting held

T he 19 Research Advisory Committee of all Regional and Research centres participated in

(RAC) meeting of the Institute was held during 26th- the meeting and made presentations before the RAC.
27th March, 2015 at Head Quarters chaired by
On the concluding day Chairman, RAC officially
Dr. B.N. Desai. Other members of the RAC included
released the CMFRI publication "Policy Guidance on
Dr. Madan Mohan, Dr. C.B.S. Dutt, Dr. E.
Cuttlefish Fishery using Fish Aggregating Devices"
Vivekanandan, Dr. R. Alfred Selvakumar and Dr. A.
prepared under the CMFRI Marine Fisheries Policy
Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI.
Series. Dr. P.U. Zacharia, Member-Secretary, RAC
Heads of Divisions and Scientist-in-Charge (SICs) proposed the vote of thanks.

RAC meeting in progress Official release of CMFRI publication

D r. Sandhya Sukumaran, Scientist, Marine Bio-technology Division won the Taylor and Francis Commonwealth
Scholarship Commission’s Best Journal Article Prize 2014 for the research paper entitled ‘Multigenerational
demographic responses of sexual and asexual Artemia to chronic genotoxicity by a reference mutagen’ which was co-
authored with Alastair Grant and published in the Aquatic Toxicology Journal.
Shri. Akhilesh K.V., Scientist, was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology by Cochin University of Science &
Technology (CUSAT), Cochin for his thesis entitled “Fishery and biology of deep sea chondrichthyans of the southwest
coast of India” under the guidance of Dr. N.G.K. Pillai, former Principal Scientist and Head, Pelagic Fisheries Division.

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KVK (Ernakulam) News

Product Branding
initiative by KVK
P artnered with CMFRI the NICRA
(National Innovations in Climate
Resilient Agriculture) Technology
demonstrations of integrated finfish- rice
farming was conducted by KVK in seven
selected Pokkali fields at Kadamakudy,
Pizhala and Nayarambalam. The twin
traditional Pokkali farmers and ensure previous crop, the peaty soil and the
objectives of the venture were to enhance
availability of natural organic crops to saline water in the Pokkali ecosystem
the income from unit area for the
the consumers. The paddy straw of the combine to impart a characteristic taste
to the fish grown here. However, the fish
harvested from these fields is currently
reaching the market mixed up with low
quality fish from elsewhere. Hence,
branding of the rice/fish/ shrimp
produced as natural organic crops in the
unique and traditional tide fed Pokkali
fields of Ernakulam District whereby
producers will get a premium price in
the market was mooted. As a first step
to create awareness on the unique taste
of safe, organic fish produce, on-site fish
harvest melas coinciding with the festive
Easter Season were held in several fields
during the first week of April which
received wide media coverage and
public support.
Satellite Pearlspot Seed Production Centre set up
T he Pearlspot seed production
centre at Kumbalanghi, Ernakulam
has been set up to meet the ever
increasing demand of Pearlspot seeds
in the state. The First sale of seed
produced under this initiative was held
on 19th January, 2015 from the centre
located in the field of Shri. Shibu
Kochery near Kumbalanghi, Ernakulam.
KVKs Vegetable Task Force becomes functional
K VK has formed a task force for
promoting organic vegetable
production in urban areas. Training and
practical demonstrations on vegetable
farming from KVK professionals
followed by garden setting by the task
force and distribution of a 100 day
activity chart would enable city residents
to learn farming by doing.
Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of KVK
T he Scientific Advisory Committee
(SAC) meeting of KVK chaired by Dr.
A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI was
Director of Extension, Kerala Agricultural
University were present. The Kisan Mobile
Advisory service to spread recent
and expansion of the existing sales
counter at CMFRI was decided. Decision
for adoption of a suitable coastal village
held on 10th February, 2015 at CMFRI, technologies among farmers and in the district to showcase the various
Kochi. Dr. Sreenath Dixit, Zonal Project initiation of mobile sales counter for KVK technologies related to marine fisheries
Director and Dr. P.V. Balachandran, products, setting up of soil testing facility was also taken.
Exclusive feed for Pearlspot launched
K VK has launched an exclusive feed
for Pearlspot under the trade name
Pearlplus which was developed under the
feed with 47% protein and 6% fat content
is available in five different feedgrain size
types as PS1 (250 µm), PS2 (500 µm),
and PS4 are suitable for fingerlings of
size up to 8cm. PS 5 is ideal for feeding
fingerlings above 10 cm size. Feeds are
National Innovations in Climate Resilient PS3 (1000 µm), PS 4 (1.4 mm) and PS5 readily available in 1 kg and 5 kg
Agriculture (NICRA) project by Central (2 mm). PS1 and PS2 are ideal for the packets at CMFRI-ATIC/KVK sales
Marine Fisheries Research Institute. The fry stages up to 2.5cm size while PS3 counter of CMFRI.
Demonstration of Precision Farming for vegetables
A precision farming module for bitter
gourd minimum pesticide usage
and popularization of local varieties in
Plastic mulching were the essential
components which in addition to saving
nutrient loss also reduces labour required
to control fruit flies and white flies
infestation respectively and neem oil
spray as an organic pest repellent was
the market has been demonstrated. for weed management. Use of demonstrated.
"Fertigation" through Ventury system and Pheromone traps and Yellow Sticky Traps

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Programme participations

„ Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director

attended a meeting of project partners
in ICAR Outreach Project on “Fish Overseas Deputations
Genetic Stocks - Phase-II” from 7th - 9th
January, 2015 at NBFGR, Lucknow. „ Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan,
Visited Veraval Regional Centre from 25th Director and Dr.
to 27th January, 2015. Sandhya Sukumaran,
scientist participated in the
Inaugurated the Pre-launch Workshop project workshop “Genetic
of the Network Project on Mariculture study on breeding stock of
held from 24th to 27th February, 2015,
Indian Mackerel,
at Karwar.
Rastrelliger kanagurta
Visited the mariculture farms and along the Indian coast”
attended Fish Harvest Mela from 27th - funded by FAO-BOBLME during 17th-18th February, 2015 at
30 th February, 2015 in and around Phuket, Thailand
Karkikali, Uppunda Village, Mangalore.
„ Dr. V. Kripa,, Principal Scientist and Head, Fishery Environment
Dr. R. Narayanakumar, Head,
Management Division, attended the 3rd International Symposium
SEETTD attended the TEEB Coastal and
on the “Effect of Climate Change on World’s Oceans” held at
Marine Ecosystem Learning Group
Santos, Brazil during 23rd -27th March 2015 as an invited speaker
Workshop held at Ministry of
Environment, Forest & Climate Change, and presented a paper.
New Delhi, 5th - 6th February, 2015. Dr. Johnson B., Scientist
Attended the PME New Guidelines attended the International
Implementation Workshop held at Short Course on ‘Fisheries
NASC, New Delhi 23rd February, 2015. Governance’ at Centre for
Development Innovation,
„ Dr. V. Kripa, Head, FEMD attended
Wageningen University,
the QRT meeting at CMFRI Karwar and
Mangalore RC during 19th - 21st January,
Wageningen under the NFP
2015. (Netherlands Fellowship
Programme of Netherlands
Attended the Mud bank Review Meeting Government) during 31 st
at NIO. Participants of Fisheries Governance Short October to 24th November
Attended the Scientific Advisory Course 2014. The course provided
Committee Meeting of KVK on 12 th the theoretical orientation on fisheries governance and co-
February, 2015 at CMFRI, Kochi. management concepts, challenges faced in governance and
Attended the 12 th IJSC Meeting of management; various perspectives on fisheries management and
CMFRI, held on 13th February at Kochi. practical orientation on participatory methodologies and tools in
support of the fisheries management planning process.
Attended and delivered a lecture on
“Sustainability of Marine Resources” 34th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA)
organized by Netfish, MPEDA and Sea
Club at St. Albert’s College on 22nd, Jinesh P. T., Research Fellow,
February, 2015. Pelagic Fisheries Division, CMFRI
successfully completed 34th Indian
Delivered a key note address on “Marine Scientific Expedition to Antarctica
ecosystem health and sustainability -
(ISEA) programme as a student
Threats from anthropogenic activities
participant. The expedition was
and the way forward” in the National
Seminar on ‘Marine Ecosystem Health’
conducted by National Centre for
organized by CUSAT on 12th March, Antarctic and Ocean Research
2015. (NCAOR) from 7th January to 1st
March 2015. Survey and
Attended the IMC Meeting of Central documentation of the qualitative/
Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi
quantitative diversity of
on 18th March, 2015.
phytoplankton with special reference
„ Dr. P. U. Zacharia, Head, DFD to diatoms available during austral
attended the ICAR Vigilance Officers summer in coastal waters of
meeting on 24th January, 2015 at CIBA, Antarctica was carried out by
Chennai. sampling 30 stations in coastal Alighting at Bharati Station, Antarctica
Attended the Marine Fisheries waters of Broknes Island, Fisher Island and Larsemman Hills covering
Management Code (MFMC) meeting different geographic locations.
from 27-28th January, 2015 at CIFT,
Kochi -18.

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„ Dr. K. S. Mohamed, Head, MFD Consultative Committee of the Fisheries Guideline for Securing Sustainable Small-
attended the Scientific Advisory Survey of India on 30th March, 2015. scale Fisheries in the Context of Food
Committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Security and Poverty Eradication, held
Attended 19 th Research Advisory
Kendra on 10 th February, 2015 at during 6th - 7th March, 2015 in Chennai.
Committee meeting at CMFRI, Kochi
CMFRI, Kochi.
during 26-27th March, 2015. „ Dr. K. Vijayakumaran,, Principal
Participated in the Aqua Aquaria India Scientist and Dr. Shoba Joe
„ Dr. A. K. Abdul Nazar,, SIC,
2015 organized by MPEDA and Kizhakudan,, Senior Scientist
Mandapam Regional Centre participated
delivered a presentation on “Aquaculture attended ICSF/BOBLME State-level
as member in RAG Review meeting to
of bivalves” during 20th - 22nd February, Marine Fishworker Consultation on
evaluate the progress of research
2015 at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Implementation of FAO Small-scale
projects sanctioned by Gulf of Mannar
Fisheries Guidelines on 5 th February,
Attended ICSF-BOBLME Subnational Biosphere Reserve Trust on 5th March,
2015 at Chennai.
Workshop: implementing the FAO SSF 2015..
guidelines: India (East Coast), held at Participated in the seminar on Fisheries
Participated the 19th Research Advisory
Chennai during 6th - 7th March, 2015. Sector and Coastal Zone Development
Committee meeting at CMFRI, Kochi
Attended as a resource person in the during 26th - 27th March, 2015. organized by the AKG Study and
One Day Seminar on “Kerala Laws on Research Centre, Thiruvanathapuram
„ Dr. Margaret Muthu Rathinam, on 17 th February, 2015 at Alleppey,
Environment: Current Trends and
A.,, SIC, Madras Research Centre Kerala and presented a paper on
Judicial Responses” on 28th March, 2015
attended the National Convention of ‘Changing Deep Sea Fisheries Policies:
at NUALS, Kalamassery.
Grameen Gyan Abhiyan organized by The Science, Economics and Impact on
Delivered a talk in the Special Session: the M.S. Swaminathan Research Fishermen’.
Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology Foundation during 2th - 4th February at
for Human Health at the 102nd Indian Chennai. „ Dr. Joe K. Kizhakudan,, Senior
Science Congress, organized by the Scientist attended the First State-Level
Participated in the 19th Research Advisory Technical Committee meeting of
University of Lucknow at Kalina Campus,
Committee meeting at CMFRI, Kochi FIMSUL II held on 16th February, 2015
Mumbai University on 6th January, 2015.
during 26th - 27th March, 2015. at the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of
„ Dr. G. Maheswarudu,, Head, CFD Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
„ Shri. K. Mohammed Koya, SIC,
attended the RAC meeting during 26th
Veraval Regional Centre attended the 1st Made a presentation on “Open sea cage
and 27th March, 2015 at CMFRI, Kochi.
Lokvani Advisory Committee meeting of farming of seabass by CMFRI” at the
„ Dr. C.S. Purushothaman,, Principal the Community Radio Station, Krishi workshop on Aquaculture of Seabass-
Scientist, attended the workshop for Vigyan Kendra, Kodinar on 3rd January, Status and Way Forward for Commercial
HRD Nodal Officers of ICAR Institutes 2015. Production held at CIBA, Chennai on
at NAARM, Hyderabad on 26th January, 28th January, 2015.
Attended the 11 th Meeting of the
Agriculture Research Sub-Committee of „ Dr. Shoba Joe Kizhakudan,,
„ Dr. Prathibha Rohit, Principal the Junagadh Agricultural University on Senior Scientist attended the
Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge, 20th and 21st February, 2015. Stakeholders’ meeting on the
Mangalore R.C. participated in the Conservation and Protection of Sea
Attended the Scientific Advisory
Research Advisory Committee Meeting Turtles held on 4th March, 2015 at the
Committee meeting of the Krishi Vigyan
at CMFRI, Kochi on 26th - 27th March, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil
Kendra, Kodinar on 25th February 2015.
2015. Nadu, Chennai.
Participated in the 19th Research Advisory
„ Dr. Veerendra Veer Singh,, SIC, Attended the NICRA review meeting
Committee meeting at CMFRI, Kochi
Mumbai RC participated in Workshop and workshop at Kochi during 29th - 30th
during 26th - 27th March, 2015.
on Nitrogen Flow- Its Assessment and January, 2015.
Evaluation in Aquatic Systems at ICAR- Attended training programme on
Central Inland Fisheries Research Brackishwater Shrimp farming by the „ Dr. A.P. Dineshbabu, Principal
Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata on 30th Junagadh Agricultural University Regional Scientist, attended meeting as GIS expert
January, 2015. Centre, Mahua on 3rd March, 2015 as for the Ecosystem based Fisheries
resource person. Management Project in the Space
Attended meeting of Board of Studies
Application Centre, Ahmedabad on 16th
“Fisheries Economics, Extension and „ Dr. Margaret Muthu Rathinam - 17th March, 2015.
Statistics Division of Central Institute of A.,, Principal Scientist and Dr. Vidya
Fisheries Education, Versova, Mumbai on Jayasankar, Senior Scientist attended Attended the Technical Review
19th January, 2015. the National workshop on ‘Aquaculture Committee meeting of the research
of Sea bass- Status and Way Forward for activities of the College of Fisheries,
Attended one-day brainstorming
Commercial Production’ jointly Mangalore on 14th March, 2015.
workshop on seaweed cultivation at
organized by the Fisheries Technocrats
Central Institute of Fisheries Education, „ Dr. P.S. Swathilekshmi, Senior
Forum and Central Institute of
Mumbai on 21st February, 2015. Scientist attended and participated in the
Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) on
meeting conducted by the State Fisheries
Participated in Fourth Annual Review 28th January, 2015 at Chennai.
Resource Management Committee
Meeting of the NASF during 19th - 20th
„ Dr. K. Vijayakumaran,, Principal (FIRMA) in association with the State
February, 2015 at Delhi under
Scientist participated in the ICSF- Fisheries Department, Government of
NFBSFARA project.
BOBLME India (East Coast) workshop: Kerala and presented a talk on the
Attended 16 th meeting of the Implementing the FAO Voluntary Indigenous Technical Knowledge of

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Marine Fisherfolk on 14th February, 2015 Kuriakose, Principal Scientists, Dr. Scientist & Dr. M. Sivadas, Principal
at Kannur, Kerala. T.M. Najmudeen, Dr. Rekha J. Scientist co-ordinated one day
Nair, Dr.U.Ganga, Senior Scientists, stakeholder meeting at Tuticorin RC of
„ Dr. Geetha Sasikumar, Senior
Shri. Mohammed Koya, Dr. R. CMFRI on 20th March, 2015.
Scientist participated as resource
Vidya, Scientists, Smt. Jenni. B.,,
personnel for training 25 farmers in „ Dr. P. S. Asha,, Principal Scientist
Senior Technical Officer and Shri. K.K.
mussel farming in the estuaries and attended the “Science of Living” a
Sajikumar, Technical Assistant
brackish water bodies under the purview programme of women Scientists
attended in the World Ocean Science
of Secondary Livelihood Opportunities sponsored by DST organized by
Congress (WOSC) 2015 held at Kochi
through fishery resources at the ICAR Academy of Human Excellence during
during 5th - 8th February, 2015.
Research Complex, Goa on 20th March, 5 th - 9 th January, 2015 at Vedodari,
2015. „ Dr. Rekhadevi Chakraborty, Baroda.
Senior. Scientist, attended the Training Dr. M. Sivadas, Principal Scientist
„ Dr. A.P. Dineshbabu, Principal „
programme on ‘Molecular markers’ held attended the National Consultative
Scientist, Dr. Bindu Sulochanan,
at PMFGR Centre, NBFGR, Kochi, meeting on management of ring seine
Senior Scientist attended the DFAT-PSLP
during 9th -14th February, 2015. fishery for conservation of resources and
Training workshop on safe water under
the CSIRO-IITR-NBFGR Project on safe „ Dr. R. Narayanakumar, Dr. N. carbon foot print at CIFT, Kochi on 13th
water for the future held at NBFGR, IITR Aswathy and Dr. R. Geetha March, 2015.
Lucknow from 23rd - 27th March, 2015. attended the Interactive Training cum „ Shri. L. Ranjith,, Scientist successfully
Workshop on Valuation of Ecosystems completed PADI Open Water SCUBA
„ Attended the Rajabhasha Avom Puraskar
held at Madras RC of CMFRI, 5th - 9th Diver programme held from 15th to 20th
Vidhran Samaroha at the South and
January, 2015. December, 2014 at National Institute of
South Western Zone Hindi Officers
meeting on 27 th March, 2015 at „ Dr. P.S. Swathilekshmi, Senior Ocean Technology Field Centre,
Mangalore. Scientist and Dr. B. Johnson,, Scientist ANCOST, Port Blair.
participated in the meeting of FAO-TCP: Shri. Ramkumar, Scientist
„ Dr. A.K. Abdul Nazar & Dr. R. „
Organisation of Thematic workshops on participated in “Ecosystem valuation and
Jayakumar, Senior Scientists
Development of Strategy and Action methodology” workshop held at Madras
participated the pre-launch Workshop
Plan for Fisheries Livelihood Research Centre of CMFRI, Chennai
on implementation of ‘All India Network
Enhancement and Diversification during from 5th - 9th January, 2015.
Project’ on Mariculture at Karwar
7th - 8th January, 2015 at Chennai.
Research Centre of CMFRI, Karwar on Participated in NICRA Review Workshop
25th February, 2015.. „ Dr. R. Narayanakumar,, Head, held at CMFRI, Kochi, Kerala on 29th -
SEETTD, Dr. G. Maheswarudu,, 30th January, 2015.
„ Dr. R. Jayakumar,, Senior Scientist
Head, CFD and Dr. N. Aswathy
attended the Aqua Aquaria India - 2015 „ Dr. Sreenath, K.R., Shri.
attended the annual Scientific Advisory
organized by Marine Products Export Vinaykumar Vase and K.
Committee meeting of KVK, Ernakulam
Development Authority (MPEDA) at Mohammed Koya, Scientists
o n 1 0 th February, 2015 at CMFRI,
Vijayawada during 20th - 21st February, attended two days workshop on “The
2015.. Scientific Basis of Estimating the Potential
„ Dr. R. Narayanakumar, Head, Fisheries Yield using Remotely Sensed
„ Dr. B. Johnson,, Scientist participated Data” from 6th - 7th February, 2015 at
SEETTD, Dr. T.V. Sathianandan,
the FAO-TCP Thematic Workshop on
Head, FRAD, Dr. Shyam S. Salim , CMFRI, Kochi.
Fishers’ Livelihoods during 7 th - 8 th
and Dr. N. Aswathy, Senior Scientists Dr. Sreenath, K. R., Scientist
January, 2015 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu „
attended the Review Meeting of the attended 5 day training on ‘Advanced
organized by BOBP-IGO.
MoSPI sponsored study on Input-output training course on satellite data
Participated in ICSF/BOBLME State-level in marine fishing in India to arrive at management and application of cloud
Marine Fishworker Consultation on Gross Value Added on 10th March, 2015 computing using python’ attended at
Implementation of FAO Small-Scale at CMFRI, Kochi. NERC India, Kochi from 9 th - 13 th
Fisheries Guidelines at February, 2015.
„ Dr. Vipinkumar V. P., Senior
Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu on 7th
Scientist participated as Chief Guest and Dr. Gyanaranjan Dash and Shri.
February, 2015 and at Chennai on 6th - „
inaugurated the Agricultural Exhibition: Vinaykumar Vase, Scientists
7th March, 2015.
Haritha Darshanam at Assissi attended workshop on “Corporate-
„ Dr. Veerendra Veer Singh, Vidyaniketan Public School, Community Partnership for Mangrove
Principal Scientist, Smt. Anulekshmi Chembumukku, Kakkanad on 27 th and Biodiversity Conservation in Kutch”,
Chellappan, Dr. Purushottama February, 2015. on 14th March, 2015 at CGPL, Mundra,
G.B., Ms. Karthireddy Syamala Gujarat
„ Participated as Chief Guest and
and Dr. Akhilesh K.V., Scientists
inaugurated the Science Exhibition at „ Shri. K. Mohammed Koya, and
participated in 4 th National Mission
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannamaly on 30th Dr. Divu, D., Scientists attended a
Meeting on Conservation of Sharks at
January, 2015. meeting on 20th January, 2015 called by
Central Institute of Fisheries Education,
Mumbai on 22nd January, 2015. „ Dr. M. S. Madan, Principal Scientist the Managing Director, Gujarat
attended the 19 th RAC meeting at Livelihood Promotion Co. Ltd (GLPC),
„ Dr. K. S. Mohamed, Dr. V. Kripa, Gandhinagar and presented a
CMFRI Headquarters Kochi during 26th
Dr. P.U. Zacharia, Dr. D. Prema, Consultancy Project proposal for the
& 27th March, 2014.
Dr. Josileen Jose, Dr. E.M. ‘Feasibility Study of Seaweed farming in
Abdussamad, Dr, Somy „ Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Gujarat’.

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Name Designation Centre w.e.f
1. Shri. S. Maharajan Lower Division Clerk Mandapam RC 02.01.2015
2. Kum. Sandhya. C. K Lower Division Clerk CMFRI, Kochi 15.01.2015

Name & Designation Promoted as w.e.f Centre
1. Shri. K. Senthil Kumar,
Skilled Support Staff Technician 24.03.2015 (AN) Mandapam RC
2. Shri. S. Willington,
Skilled Support Staff Technician 24.03.2015 (AN) Tuticorin RC
3. Shri. M. Thayalan,
Skilled Support Staff Technician 25.03.2015 (FN) Mandapam RC
4. Shri. N. Ramasamy,
Skilled Support Staff Technician 25.03.2015 (FN) Tuticorin RC
5. Shri. S. Chandrasekaran,
Skilled Support Staff Technician 25.03.2015 (FN) Madras RC
6. Shri. Chudasama Karsan Punja,
Skilled Support Staff Technician 30.03.2015 (FN) Veraval RC
Name & Designation From To w.e.f
1. Smt. Sumeena. N.K, Assistant Mandapam RC CMFRI, Kochi 02.02.2015
2. Shri. S. Pradeep, Technician Veraval RC Cuddalore Field Centre 27.02.2015
Name & Designation From To w.e.f
Shri. Vijendra Kumar Meena, KVK of CMFRI, NDRI, 06.02.2015
Senior Technical Officer (SMS -Agronomy & Soil Science) Narakkal Karnal
1. 7th meeting of the 12th IJSC of CMFRI held on 13th February, 2015 at CMFRI, Kochi.
2. 19th RAC of CMFRI held on 26th-27th March, 2015 at CMFRI, Kochi.
Dr. A. Margaret Muthu Rathinam, Principal Scientist has assumed the charges of Scientist-in-charge, Madras Research Centre of CMFRI,
Chennai on 31st January, 2015


Shri. Ahmed Kamal Basha, A. Shri. L. K. Suvarna Dr. A. P. Lipton Shri. J. Sreenivasan
Technical Officer Skilled Support Staff Principal Scientist Assistant Chief Technical Officer
31.01.2015, Madras RC 31.01.2015, Mangalore RC 28.02.2015, Vizhinjam RC 28.02.2015, CMFRI, Kochi

Shri. M. Manivasagam Shri. Johny R. Dias Kum. T. A. Omana Shri. Gangadhara Gowda Shri. V. K. Suresh
Senior Technical Officer Technical Officer Technical Officer Skilled Support Staff Senior Technical Assistant
28.02.2015, Madras RC 28.02.2015, Mumbai RC 28.02.2015, Vizhinjam RC 28.02.2015, Mangalore RC 31.03.2015, CMFRI, Kochi

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Brackishwater cages off Kochi
see page 5