About Us

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1947 became a member of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) family in 1967. The headquarters was shifted from Mandapam Camp to Cochin in 1971. 

Over the period, the Institute has grown significantly in its size, stature & research infrastructure. Now, it enjoys the status of a premier research organisation comparable to any similar institution in the developed countries. 

With the fast changing marine fisheries scenario and emergence of mariculture as a viable proposition for enhancing the production , the Institute over the years has tuned its mandate in consonance with the needs of the time.

Dr.G.Syda Rao

Our Headquaters

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Post Box No. 1603, Ernakulam North P.O.,
Kochi-682 018.
Phone: (Resi): 0484-2323440(Off): 0484 2394357, 2391407, 2394867, 2394312, 2397569, 2394268, 2394750, 2394296.
Telegram : CADALMIN, Ernakulam
Fax : 0091-0484-2394909
E-mail : director@cmfri.org.in  

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MANDATE (As approved by Indian Council of Agricultural Research)

  • To monitor the exploited and assess the under-exploited of the marine fisheries resources of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 
  • To understand the fluctuations in abundance of marine fisheries resources in relation to change in the environment.
  • To develop suitable mariculture technologies for finfish, shellfish and other culturable organisms in open seas to supplement capture fishery production. 
  • To act as a repository of information on marine fishery resources with a systematic database. 
  • To conduct transfer of technology, post graduate and specialized training, education and extension education programmes.
  • To provide consultancy services.  

Contact Details

To Contact Director, Heads of Divisions & other officials
 In-ChargeE-mail Id
DirectorDr. G. Syda Raodirector@cmfri.org.in
Fishery Resources AssessmentDr. T.V. Sathianandan (In-Charge)frad@cmfri.org.in 
Pelagic Fisheries Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Mathew (In-Charge) pfd@cmfri.org.in 
Demersal Fisheries Dr. P.U. Zacharia dfd@cmfri.org.in 
Crustacean Fisheries Dr. E.V. Radhakrishnan cfd@cmfri.org.in 
Molluscan Fisheries Dr. K. Sunilkumar Mohamed mfdcmfri@vsnl.com 
Fishery Environment Management
Dr. (Mrs.) V. Kripa femd@cmfri.org.in 
Marine Biotechnology Dr. K. K. Vijayan mbtd@cmfri.org.in 
Socio Economic Evaluation & Technology Transfer Dr. R. Narayanakumar (In-Charge) seettd@cmfri.org.in 
Marine Bio-Diversity Dr. (Mrs.) Mary K. Manissery mbd@cmfri.org.in 
Mariculture Dr. G. Gopakumar mariculture@cmfri.org.in
Consultancy Cell Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Mathew consultancy@cmfri.org.in 
Chief Administrative Officer Shri Rakesh Kumarcao@cmfri.org.in 
Senior Finance & Accounts OfficerShri A.V. Joseph sfao@cmfri.org.in 
Public Information Officer Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Mathew pio@cmfri.org.in 
Vigilance Officer Dr. P.U. Zacharia  vigilance@cmfri.org.in 
Policy Cell Chairman Dr. E. Vivekanandan  policycell@cmfri.org.in 

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