Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Sailfish lstiophorous platypterus caught in long-line fishery  
  • Line caught frigate tuna Auxis thazard  
  • White Sardine Esculosa thoracta in harbour  
  • Ring seine operation for small pelagics off kochi  
  • Oil sardine Sardinella longiceps catch at Munambam Fisheries Harbour  


Thrust Areas of Research:

evaluation of the fishery and resource characteristics of exploied pelagic resources
growth, migration and stock assessment of major exploited pelagic fishery resources-by direct
development of fisheries management advisories for Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Orissa and West Bengal and Lakshwadeep.
development of management strategies for sustaining the pelagic fish stock and yield at optimum levels.


Ongoing Research Projects:

a. In-house projects :

Development of fishery management plans for sustaining marine fisheries of Karnataka and Goa
Development of strategies to sustain the stock and fishery of large pelagics in Indian waters.
Development of Fishery Management Plans for sustaining Marine Fisheries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Development of Fishery Management Plans for Sustaining Marine Fisheries of Gujarat
Trawl fishery of the North east coast of India: An appraisal

b. Sponsored Projects

Assessment of the demersal fishery resources of the Indian continental slope and Central Indian Ocean (Funding - CMLRE -Ministry of Earth Sciences)
Satellite Telemetry Studies on Migration patterns of Tunas in the Indian Seas ‘SATTUNA’(funded by INCOIS)

c. Consultancy Projects


Completed Research Projects (last plan period):

a. In-house Projects

Management advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Kerala and Lakshadweep
Management Advisories for sustaining marine fisheries of Karnataka and Goa.
Strategies for sustaining the tuna fisheries along the coast of India

b. Sponsored Projects

A Value Chain on Oceanic Tuna Fisheries in Lakshadweep Seas (Funding - NAIP ICAR).
Assessment of Myctophid resources in the Arabian Sea and development of Harvest & Post-harvest Technologies (Funding - CMLRE -Ministry of Earth Sciences).
Assessment of deep-sea fishery resources of the Indian continental slope (Funding - CMLRE -Ministry of Earth Sciences)

c. Consultancy Projects

Impact of the discharge of the high saline effluent on the various biological entities with M/s Chennai Water Desalination Ltd., Chennai.
Installation of the artificial reefs in five of the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu with Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Chennai

Significant Achievements in the last 5 years


  • Scientific information on fishery and resource characteristics of oil sardine, lesser sardines, anchovies, Indian mackerel, coastal and oceanic tunas, tuna live baits, billfishes, seerfishes, carangids, ribbonfishes, Bombay-duck, barracuda, king fish and myctophids were developed and documented.
  • Database on biology - food and feeding, maturation, spawning, recruitment and size composition in the catch of major species were developed.
  • Population parameters and biological reference points (BRP’s) of major species were estimated and documented
  • Stock assessment of major exploited resources were carried out and proposed fishery management guidelines for sustaining their stock and yield at optimum levels.
  • Developed fisheries management advisories (Policy briefs) for marine fisheries of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.
  • Migratory path of oil sardine (Sardinella longiceps) and ribbonfish (Trichiurus lepturus) along the Indian coastbwere mapped.
  • Satellite telemetry studies on Mmigration patterns of tunas in the Indian Seas initiated.
  • Taxonomy of major pelagic groups were studied, database on morphometric and meristic characteristics of the species were developed and key for their field identification was prepared for carangids, tunas, barracudas and other large pelagics.
  • Molecular studies of barracudas and tunas completed and barcodes deposited with NCBI.
  • New species of barracuda, Bombay duck and several deepsea fishes were described.
  • Fish ageing and image analyzing laboratory was established at the Division, CMFRI, Kochi.
  • Yellowfin tuna and mahe mahe (coryphaena) aged using otolth inscriptions.
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