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"Harnessing the Science of Fisheries for Food, Nutrition and Livelihood"

Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi

The Fisheries College was started at Thoothukudi by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in October, 1977 as the second Fisheries College in India. It was brought under the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) on 19th September, 1989. The college was renamed as Fisheries College and Research Institute (FC&RI) in 1990 to focus more on research and extension activities.

Campuses 

  • Main Campus located at Harbour bypass road with an area of 24 ha.
  • Shore Laboratory – Field Research Facility (SLFF) located at Fishing Harbor Complex, North Beach Road with an area of 0.4 ha.
  • Campus that houses staff quarters at the Teachers Colony with an area of 1 ha, and
  • Mariculture Research Farm Facility (MRFF) with an area of 6 acres located at Tharuvaikulam coastal village

Objectives 

  • To develop technical and professional manpower for fisheries sector
  • To impart educational programmes such as B.F.Sc., M.F.Sc., Ph.D., PG Diploma and Certificate courses
  • To undertake basic and applied research for the benefit of people in various sectors / areas of fisheries
  • To disseminate the research innovations through various extension programmes

Schools / Departments

School of Aquaculture

  • Department of Inland Aquaculture, Department of Coastal Aquaculture and
  • Department of Fish Pathology and Health Management

School of Fisheries Resources and Environment Management

  • Dept. of Fisheries Environment
  • Dept. of Fisheries Biology and Resource Management

School of Harvest and Post-Harvest Technology

  • Department of Fish Processing Technology, Department of Fishing Technology and
  • Fisheries Engineering and Department of Fish Quality Assurance and Management

School of Fisheries Information and Social Sciences

  • Department of Fisheries Economics, Department of Fisheries Extension and
  • Department of Information and Statistics

Faculty strength

Teaching faculty

Existing

Dean

1

Professor

5

Associate Professor

11

Assistant Professor

25

DD of Physical Education

1

Assistant Librarian

1

Infrastructure at main campus

Infrastructure at main campus include 2.14 ha area of fish farms,2.70 ha area of reservoir, Freshwater prawn hatchery, Catfish farm and hatchery, Wet laboratory, Ornamental fish rearing facility, Feed preparation unit, Cryopreservation unit, Water quality laboratory, Meteorological observatory, Composting facility, Fishery biology laboratory, Disease diagnostic laboratory including Virology, Biotechnology, Fish quality assurance & Certification laboratory and Museum.

Main campus also encompasses Administrative block, Computer laboratory, ARIS cell, Central Instrumentation laboratory, Glass-house aquarium, Mother aquarium, Auditorium, Conference hall, Audio visual hall, Examination hall, E-learning laboratory, Library, Boys hostels, Play ground and Indoor stadium

The boy’s hostel consisting of three UG blocks and one PG block to accommodate 120 students along with a mess and 4 guest rooms is also located in the main campus. The college has a play ground with facilities to play volley ball, basket ball, foot ball and cricket. An indoor stadium with Gymnasium and Table Tennis facilities is also available. An ATM facility is also available at the campus.

Shore Laboratory Campus

The shore laboratory campus houses the Departments of Fish Processing Technology and Fishing Technology & Fisheries Engineering. The campus includes fish processing hall, fish canning unit, value added products preparation unit, packaging machinaries, separate microbiology and biochemistry laboratories, marine engines and navigation workshop, net mending facility and marine biology laboratory. There is a small fishing craft with outboard engine for conducting fishing related practical classes and experiments.

Mariculture Research Farm Facility (MRFF), Tharuvaikulam

The Mariculture Research Farm Facility (MRFF), Tharuvaikulam unit was established under different schemes such as DBT, ICAR and NAIP and later on converted into plan scheme on 19.05.2008. The MRC was renamed as Maritech Research and Extension Centre (MREC) from 10.03.2011 and recently elevated to the status of Department of Coastal Aquaculture under FC&RI on 01.10.2013 onwardsto carry out teaching and research which has the facilities for recirculatory aquaculture systems, lobster fattening facility, training hall, culture of marine finfishes and shrimps in ponds and cages. It has now renamed as Mariculture Research Farm Facility (MRFF)

Staff Quarters Campus

The Staff Quarters Campus has a ladies hostel with one UG block and one PG block to accommodate 120 students. In the same campus, there is a well-furnished guest house with 4 rooms. There are 5 blocks of teaching and non-teaching quarters besides one Dean’s bungalow for the accommodation of staff.

Academic programmes

a. UG programme (Bachelor in Fisheries Science)

  • Four years programme in Fisheries Science
  • 180 total credits comprising of 140 credits in six semesters followed by 20 credits for Experiential Learning in 7th semester (110 working days) and 20 credits for In-plant Training in 8th semester (110 working days) and an All India Study Tour

b. PG programmes (Master in Fisheries Science)

  • Two years degree programme offered in ten disciplines, namely Aquaculture, Fisheries Resource Management, Aquatic Environment Management, Fish Processing Technology, Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering, Fisheries Biotechnology, Fisheries Economics, Fisheries Extension, Fish Quality Assurance and Management and Aquatic Animal Health Management.

Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy)

  • Offered in regular and part-time mode in seven disciplines, namely, Aquaculture, Fisheries Resource Management, Fisheries Economics, Fish Processing Technology, Fisheries Extension, Fish Quality Assurance and Management and Aquatic Environment Management

Particulars of on roll students as on 01.01.2015

Degree programmes

Students

Male

Female

Total

B.F.Sc.

 

 

 

I Year (2014-15)

16

23

39

II Year(2013-14)

24

16

40

III Year (2012-13)

23

17

40

IV year (2011-12)

21

13

34

Total

84

69

153

M.F.Sc.

 

 

 

I Year (2014-15)

11

8

19

II Year (2013-14)

11

17

28

Total

22

25

47

Ph.D.

 

 

 

I Year (2014-15)

8

1

9

II Year (2013-14)

2

3

5

III Year (2012-13)

3

4

7

Total

13

8

21

Grand Total

119

102

221

Research

  • Oriented towards the plan mandates of the State and the Union governments and in solving the field problems in Fish Processing Technology and Aquaculture. Completed 95 externally funded research projects and 25 research schemes with the budget of Rs.617.75 lakhs are in operation.
  • Over 500 121 scientific and technical papers were published in peer-reviewed journals in the last 10 years

New technologies developed

  • Induced breeding of Koi carp, Striped murrel and Asian catfish
  • Poly herbal immunostimulant formulation for Penaeus monodon
  • Cryopreservation of gametes
  • Sous-vide cook technology
  • Value added fishery products - fish macroni, fish noodles, fish pickles, fish wafers, restructured fishery products
  • Multiplex PCR assays for the detection of Salmonella, Vibrio cholerae and Escherichia coli
  • Optimum mesh size for the commercial fishes

Extension

Instrumental in bringing out developments in the fisheries sector in the State of Tamil Nadu through various extension and training programs covering all aspects.

Involve in farm advisory services, answer to farmer’s queries, organizes mass awareness programmes, Fish farmers’ meets, Industry-Institute meets and Exhibitions.

Contributions towards development of skilled human resources

  • Skill development programmes - Shrimp farming Assistant, Ornamental fish culture and breeding and Fish processing Assistant.
  • Self-employment courses on Seaweed farming, Freshwater fish farming and Live fish feed production are also routinely organized for the benefit of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Themes on Summer/Winter schools organised

  • Advanced fish taxonomical methods
  • Water quality and waste water management in aquaculture systems
  • Seafood quality assurance – current issues and problems
  • Biotechnological advances in disease diagnosis and health management and
  • Aquaculture nutrition on production of live and artificial feeds

Themes on Summer/Winter schools organised

  • Biodiversity and conservation strategies for the threatened and endangered species of Gulf of Mannar marine biosphere
  • Pollution hazards and marine fishery resources management
  • Lobster conservation; Coral reef ecosystem
  • Biodiversity conservation and management of aquatic resources
  • Development and transfer of technologies in fisheries

Services rendered to the general public

  • Advisory services
  • Consultancy services
  • Certification services
  • Lab services

Student’s Placement Cell

FC&RI has successfully produced 671 undergraduates, 212 post graduates and 31 doctorates since inception. The graduates are well placed as Central and State organization officers, University officers, Private sector employees and Entrepreneurs