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Consultancy Services in Marine Fisheries

With a view to institutionalizing transfer of technologies, the institute has constituted a Consultancy Processing Cell (CPC) in 1997 for effectively serving the needs of our clients, through the short term and long term trainings, consultancies, contract services and contract research.
The technologies that have emerged from our laboratories are essentially in such critically and economically important areas as hatcheries (shrimps, crabs, lobsters, pearl oysters, mussels, edible oysters, clams, seacucumbers, squids, cuttlefish, mullets, groupers and clown fish), onshore and seafarms (shrimps, crabs, lobsters, pearls, edible bivalves, seaweeds, food and ornamental fishes), water quality management in farming, probiotics, artificial fish habitats, fisheries resources assessment, validation of potential fishing zones, sea ranching, integrated coastal zone management and preparation of fisheries exploration and farming project plans.
Some of our important clients are NEERI, BHEL, Cochin Port Trust, SPIC, MRPL, KIOCL, CARE INDIA, HARDY Exploration & Production India etc.

Major Consultancy Areas
Marine Environment
  Data generation and analyses and interpretation Primary and Secondary production
  Physical, chemical data generation
  Pollution monitoring
  Preparation of baseline oceanographic data
  EIA studies
  Assessment of carrying capacity of environment
  Water and soil analyses
  Live feed culture
  Environment criteria for farm site selection
  Planning and implementation of sample surveys
  Coastal village/district-wise fisheries production data collection, collation and interpretation.
  Craft/gear infrastructure data generation and analyses.
  Species wise marine living resource production data
  Stock estimation and biological information for planning and management
  Training on sampling methodology, fish stock assessment related computer software
  Generation, analyses and interpretation of socio economic data on craft-gear combination and marketing
  Taxonomy of marine organisms with special reference to pharmacological importance, commercially important and ornamental fishes, corals, sponges, molluscs, echinoderms, shrimps and their distribution, abundance and exploitation.
  Benthos, benthic biomass and ecology
  Pelagic and demersal resources, spatial and seasonal production potential
  Stock characteristics, conservation and management
  Fishing gear impact assessment on the habitat
  Exploited resources and their food web inter-relationship
  Fishery forecasting/remote sensing, modeling
  Marine aquarium planning, construction and management
  Artificial reef-site selection, construction and management
  Transmission and scanning electron microscopy
Coastal Aquaculture
  Farm site selection; estimation and evaluation of carrying capacity of culture system/habitat
  EIA of various aquaculture practices
  Hatchery technology for prawns, crabs, edible oysters, mussels, clams, pearl oysters, sea cucumber and finfishes
  Seed production and transport
  Physiology, nutrition, pathology and genetics of cultivable organisms
  Feed formulation
  Sea ranching and stock enhancement
Technology packages
  Penaeid prawn farming
  Crabs/Lobster fattening and live transport
  Edible oyster culture
  Mussel culture
  Clam culture/relaying
  Pearl oyster farming and Pearl production
  Finfish culture and live transport
  Sea cucumber culture
  Seaweed culture
  Fisheries resources, conservation and management
  Mariculture practices
  Underwater diving
  Sampling methodology, fish stock assessment related computer software

Mariculture Technology Packages
Crustacean Mariculture Technologies
  Eighteen species of shrimps bred in captivity
  Viable hatchery technology for Penaeus indicus, P. modnodon and P. Semisulcatus.
  Hatchery technology for potentially important shrimps P. merguiensis, P. latisulcatus, Metapenaeus monoceros and M. dobsoni.
  Induced maturation of P. indicus and P. semisulcatus through environmental and feed management and without resorting to eye-stalk ablation.
  Repeated spawning without affecting the quality and quantity of progeny.
  Technology for semi-intensive farming of P. indicus, P. monodon and P. semisulcatus.
  Farming technology for potentially important shrimps P. merguiensis, P. latisulcatus, P. japonicus, M. dobsoni and M. monoceros.
  Sea ranching technique – post larvae of P. semisulcatus, 120 million seeds would have to be ranched to obtain an increase of 50 t in the trawl landings
  Fattening of the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus by endocrine management
  Mud crab fattening on a commercial scale and their live transport
  Hatchery technology for Portunus pelagicus, reared through F1, F2, and F3 generation
  Farm site selection, water quality and farm management
  Shrimp/crab larval feed – micro algal culture
  Farm feeds – pelletted artificial feeds for each species during different phase of growth; feed management
  Disease monitoring – identification of parasities – preventive measures for parasitic infestation.

Molluscan Mariculture Technologies
  Developed and upgraded pearl production technology in the pearl oyster Pinctada fucata
  Induced spawning for 10 bivalve species achieved
  Hatchery technology for mass production of the seed of 2 species of pearl oyster; one species of edible oyster; 2 species of mussel and 5 species of clam have been developed.
  Technology developed for seed/spat collection from wild/nature for edible oyster and pearl oyster.
  Technologies for edible oyster (Crassostrea madrasensis) culture have been developed. The rack & tray method can yields 130 t/ha/year; the ren method 80 t/ha/year and the stake method 20 t/ha/year.
  Technology for, both, open sea mussel farming and culture in the estuarine waters has been developed for 2 species of mussels (Perna indica, P. viridis). Production of 12-14 Kg/meter of rope/6 months has been established
   Developed package of practice for clam culture
  Sea ranching of clams in natural waters for stock enhancement/conservation has been developed and standardized.
  Established the optimum levels of abiotic environment (eg. Salinity and temperature) requirements for several bivalves.
  Predation, boring and parasitic infesation in the farmed bivalves have been studies and preventive regimes established.
  Tissue-specific genetic variations in edible oyster (Crassostrea madrasensis) has been traved and genetically similar stocks have been identified

Finfish Mariculture Technologies
Selection of sites for finfish farming; environment monitoring and farm management
  Technologies for live transportation of seeds of groupers, seabass, eels, mullets and marine ornamental fishes.
  Technology for fattening/farming of groupers, seabass, mullets in different systems.
  Brood stock development and management
  Induced spawning of groupers

Mariculture Technology for Other Marine Biota
  Farming technology for agar and algin yielding seaweeds in coastal lagoons and bays.
  Production of seaweed through vegetative and spore culture methods.
  Seaseed post harvest technology for commercial application.
  Technology for the mass culture of eleven species of micro algae including diatoms and phytoflagellates
  Technology for the mass cuslture of zooplankters such as rotifers, cladocerans and brine shrimp.
  The technology for breeding and induced spawning of the sea cucumber Holothuria scabra.
  Rearing and fattening of sea cucumbers under captive conditions for commercial market.