In the year 1946 Government of India established a pilot project known as Deep Sea Fishing Station with the objective of augmenting food supply trough development of deep-sea fishing.

The project graduated to the status of a survey institute in the year 1974 and was named the Exploratory Fisheries Project.  The Base Offices of the institute known as Offshore Fishing Stations were located in al the maritime states.  Exploratory fishing, charting of fishing grounds, training of fishing operatives and testing commercial possibilities of deep-sea fishing were the programmes assigned to it.

With the declaration of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and consequent changes in priorities in marine fisheries development, there was a growing need for information on resources.  In order to address the emerging needs, the Institute underwent a major structural and functional transformation in 1983.  It was reorganised and upgraded as a National Institute and rechristened as Fishery Survey of India (FSI)

FSI was reorganised and upgraded as a National Institute and was recognised as a Science & Technology Institute in the year 1988.  Consequent to the reorganisation, the Institute has enlarged and upgraded the scope and contents of its functions and activities.

FSI has thus emerged as the nodal fishery Institute in India with the primary responsibility of survey and assessment of fishery resources in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and adjoining areas for promoting sustainable exploitation and management of the marine fishery resources.

Marine Engineering Division (MED) - Latest addition to the FSI

Marine Engineering Division is the latest addition to the Fishery Survey of India that was transferred from erstwhile IFP (currently NIFPHATT) in the year 2005 having prime land of 3.8 acres and a jetty.  The MED can undertake Maintenance works including dry-docking / underwater repairs of the deep-sea fishing vessels.  The following facilities are available at MED.

  • Slipway Yard - It has the capacity to dock the vessels up to 150 GRT.  The special feature of the slipway is that the vessel can be kept in horizontal position while in the dry-dock.

  • Engineering Workshop - It has the required machinery and equipments like lathe machines, radial drilling machines, plate and pipe bending machines, pneumatic power hammer etc.

  • ILR Servicing Centre - Certified with ISO 9001:2000 and approved by the DG Shipping.

  • Dredging - MED has a grab dredger with a capacity of 40 cubic meter per hour, and also Cutter Suction Dredger.

  • Marine Electronic Section - Marine  Electronic Section of MED undertakes the repair and maintenance of electronic equipments like Echo sounders, Auto Pilot, RADAR, GPS, VHF & AIS etc.

During 2009-10, the Marine Engineering Division's ILR service station has serviced 23 rafts and achieved a revenue of Rs. 7 lakhs.  The work on strengthening of the jetty and construction of fresh water tank is in progress.  MED has fabricated 3 sets of otter boards and supplied to the FSI vessels.  Two Ice crushers fabricated at MED were supplied to LDCL.

This page was updated at 04:57 PM  on 19.03.2018