Project title

Locating Tuna habitat through Satellite Remote Sensing

To understand the spatial and temporal aggregation of tuna to elucidate the relationships between tuna forage, physiology, feeding behaviour, environmental properties and catchability

Study area

Indian EEZ

  • Space Application Center, Ahmedabad
  • Fishery Survey of India (FSI), Mumbai
Period 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2012 Total Project Budget 71.96 Lakhs
Allocation to FSI 33.8 Lakhs
Project title A value chain on Oceanic Tuna Fisheries in Lakshadweep Sea
  • To evolve effective fishing methods and policies for Lakshadweep sea to increase and sustain production of oceanic tunas and related resources by assessing the status and health of the stocks and ecosystems.

  • To develop technologies on hygienic and improved handling, processing, packaging and high value product, to develop market intelligence on domestic and overseas market.

  • To transfer the new fishing and processing technologies and marketing strategies to the stakeholders and empower their efficiency and socio-economic status.

  • To ensure seafood safety and health assurance to the Consumers.
Consortium Leader Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi
Consortium partners
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Kochi
  • Fishery Survey of India (FSI), Mumbai
  • Lakshadweep Fisheries department
Associate partners
  • Public:  Marine Products Export Development Authority, Kochi
  • Private: Sri. Vinayaka, Mangalore;  LG Seafoods, Palluruthy, Kochi
Period Sanctioned on 18th March 2008 - for 4 years Total Project Budget 638.54 Lakhs
Allocation to FSI 52.85 Lakhs
Project title Utilization strategy for Oceanic Squids in Arabian Sea:  A value chain approach  
  • To establish a new commercial jigging fishery for oceanic squids in the Central Arabian Sea and to determine the resilience of the species to exploitation.  Initiate sustainability certification of oceanic squid jigging as an ecolebelled fishery.

  • Develop protocols for onboard preservation and processing of oceanic squids and to enhance organoleptic characteristics of oceanic squids.

  • Develop value-added products from oceanic squids such as squid surimi and balls and efficient utilization of squid processing waste by developing by-products such as fish meal and chitosan.

  • Determine the techno-economic feasibility of commercial distant water squid jigging operations.  Formulate Model bankable project/scheme on distant-water squid jigging suitable for NABARD to accelerate the flow of credit from scheduled banks by refinance.

  • Develop market intelligence on global oceanic squid markets and products. 
  • Develop export and domestic marketing channels through private partnership.
Consortium Leader Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi
Consortium partners
  • Fishery Survey of India (FSI), Mumbai
  • National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest technology and Training (NIFPHATT), Kochi

  • Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Kochi
Period Sanctioned on 10th February 2009 - for 3 years and 4 months Total Project Budget 541.296 Lakhs
Allocation to FSI 48.61 Lakhs